Monday, December 12, 2011

2 Former California Municipal Workers Accused In $635K Embezzlement From Mosquito Control Agency

Two California woman, including Joann Seeney, aka JoAnn Dearman, 60, of Pacifica, California and a second, unnamed individual have been accused of embezzling more than $635,000 from the San Mateo County Vector Control District where Seeney had been employed as district finance manager.  Both have been terminated and the former, Seeney, is currently serving a 32 month sentence for a separate embezzlement case involving the theft of some $568,000 in fraudulent credit card charges from a private medical imaging company in Foster City, California, to finance a lavish lifestyle.  Authorities believe the misappropriations from the Vector Control District principally ocurred between 2010 and 2011.  Seeney was also accused of embezzling about $50,000 from yet another company.  Apparently criminal background checks were never conducted on Seeney.

Read the story here, here and here.

Update (12/21/11): The second employee has been identified as Vika Sinipata, 35, a former accounting supervisor for the San Mateo County Vector Control District.  Sinipata was arraigned on Tuesday on eight felony counts of embezzling public money.  She did not enter a plea.

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