Friday, January 31
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Ventura County woman accused of stealing more than $400,000 from a charity where she worked has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.
The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/MEmVih ) 47-year-old Lorena Varela of Oxnard pleaded guilty to forgery and other charges in connection with the embezzlement from Arc of Ventura County.
Varela was a bookkeeper for the Ventura-based nonprofit, which serves residents with developmental disabilities
Prosecutors say she falsified electronic ledgers to show money had been paid to vendors. Instead, Varela used a signature stamp of an authorized Arc signatory and signed checks to herself.
Authorities say there 500 acts of theft over more than eight years.
Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com