Sunday, December 14, 2014

California Woman Charged With Embezzling $175K From Local Concern

From The Record on 12/11/2014:

A 48-year-old Burson woman was arraigned Thursday in San Joaquin County Superior Court for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from a Stockton company.

Larissa Helen Jacquez, a bookkeeper, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail Wednesday on charges of grand theft, embezzlement, uttering a fictitious check and various other charges. She was transported to the Stockton courthouse Thursday to make her first court appearance.

Prosecutors say Jacquez was working at California Materials when she falsified company checks and direct deposit transactions to pay herself between 2011 and 2014.

According to search warrant records, Jacquez suddenly stopped showing up to work and sent an email to the company in November saying by the time her email is read she will be in Australia. She apologized for not giving notice.

In her absence, another bookkeeper filled in for Jacquez, court records say. The new bookkeeper discovered discrepancies in the accounting system.

Jacquez is alleged to have issued 70 checks payable to herself; she added a fictitious name to the payroll system for direct deposit; and she made invoices to fake vendors. The company’s total loss is about $175,000, authorities said.

Jacquez’s whereabouts were not known since she had stopped showing up to work until her arrest Wednesday. She is being held at San Joaquin County Jail in lieu of $230,000 bail.


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