A former employee of the Ojai Unified School District received a one-year sentence for embezzlement. The woman, an accountant, embezzled more than $60,000 from the district over a two-year period. In March, she pleaded guilty to three felony counts of misappropriation of public funds.
She issued checks from the school district to pay for her rent and personal expenses between May 2013 and June 2015. The woman worked for the district for about 10 years prior to her arrest, although she must forfeit her retirement benefits and accrued vacation time as part of her sentence. The judge also ordered the woman to serve 5 years of probation and pay fines.
The Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority (VCSSFA) reimbursed Ojai Unified School District for the loss. The VCSSFA provides insurance for all Ventura County school districts.
Ojai Embezzlement Lawyer
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