Saturday, February 11, 2012

California Woman Sentenced For Embezzling Nearly $150K From DSS For Breaking Probation By Embezzling Again

Sara Juarez, 39, of Salinas, California, has been sentenced to nine years and four months in prison for embezzling more than $148,000 from the state Department of Social Services  where she had been employed as an "eligibility worker."  According to authorities, over a period of more than a year, from June 2004 to September 2005, Juarez misappropriated the funds using state Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards.  She reportedly admitted to the thefts in April 2006 and was sentenced to the 9 years and four month term, which was suspended pending a 10 year probation period.  However, beginning in 2008, Juarez was hired as office manager for Structural Steel Co. in Watsonville, using the name "Sara Yniguez," where she proceeded to embezzle more than $45,000 over a period of nearly 2 years, from  February 2009 to January 2011. 

Read the story here and here.

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