A Moorpark woman who formerly worked for the Moorpark Unified School District faces embezzlement charges. Investigators claim the woman stole more than $160,000 from the district between 2012 and 2016.
The woman had worked for the school district for 25 years. She purchased food and drinks for the district and processed money collected from lunch sales. According to prosecutors, the woman routinely pocketed cash from lunches, using the money to make personal purchases. The MUSD discovered the thefts in November 2016 and placed three employees on leave.
As a result of the thefts, the MUSD has changed its cash management procedures at all school sites. Currently, she faces seven felony counts of misappropriation of public funds and five felony counts of grand theft. If convicted, the woman could face more than 13 years in prison. She remains free on a $20,000 bond and will return to court on August 16 for arraignment on the charges.
This is the second time in 2019 that the school district has discovered funds missing. In the first case, a volunteer faces charges for misappropriating more than $100,000 from the Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology Booster Club. That case is still pending.
Moorpark Embezzlement Lawyer
When you face charges related to theft from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
All victims want justice, but embezzlement victims particularly want their stolen funds returned. In many cases, the money gets spent on intangible items, so full restitution can be tricky. The best approach to restitution (following a conviction) is to allow the defendant as much time as possible to make restitution to the victims. This is best accomplished by sentences that include little to no jail time. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help make this happen.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County embezzlement case.
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