Wednesday, December 3, 2014

California Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $876,000 From Auto Dealership; 16 Month Sentence Expected

From KHTS AM 1220 on 12/2/2014:

Melissa Ann Werner, 43, of Canyon Country, pleaded no contest two counts felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement, said Greg Risling, spokesman for the D.A.’s office.

“(In February), she’s slated to surrender to authorities to begin serving her sentence,” said Shiara Davila-Morales, D.A. spokeswoman.

Werner was arrested July 30, after theft was uncovered.

She filed her plea deal Oct. 17. She was being held in lieu of $245,000 bail.

Werner, who worked for Beau Boeckmann, president and CEO of Galpin Motors, was accused of stealing $876,000 from the auto executive.

In addition to the two counts, she admitted to a white collar crime enhancement for a theft exceeding $500,000.

Read the whole story here.

Update (2/6/2015): Werner was sentenced to 16 months in prison as expected.  Read an update of the story here.

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