Friday, December 5, 2014

Former School Accountant In California Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $1.8 Million - Reportedly Stuffed Cash Into Her Bra

From The San Diego Union-Tribune on 12/4/2014:

Prosecutors say a former Southern California school district accountant recorded on video stuffing lunch money into her bra has pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.8 million.

The San Bernardino County district attorney's office says 50-year-old Judith Oakes pleaded guilty Thursday to nine counts of misappropriating public funds.
Prosecutors say Oakes could face a maximum of eight years in prison when she is sentenced on Jan. 8. She is also required to pay the $1.8 million taken from the Rialto Unified School District between 2005 and 2013.
Oakes was arrested last year.

Read the whole story here.

Update (1/9/2015): Oakes was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay $1,845,137.81 in restitution.  According to media reports, “Over the period of her employment, more than $3  million is unaccounted for, and Ms. Oakes is believed to have stolen it,” said Tom Haldorsen, Rialto Unified’s associate superintendent of personnel services, reading from a victim impact statement in a packed West Valley Superior Courtroom.

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