Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney
Available 24/7 - call now
916-248-8598
Menu emailContact Us View Blog Categories

California welfare worker receives 18 years for embezzlement

The term "white collar crime" is used to describe a non-violent crime involving some sort of financial transaction committed. White collar crimes can include a whole host of fraudulent activities committed by business or government employees, including tax fraud, ponzi schemes and embezzlement. Many see those suspected of white collar crimes as greedy corporate and banking executives, which is why the public is so adamant about securing a conviction. However, this perception is not always accurate.

In a recent matter involving a California government employee accused of embezzling nearly $400,000, the accused was a welfare worker. The 58-year-old childcare eligibility worker allegedly authorized payments to families seeking assistance for childcare services, but did not actually provide the services.

A grand jury indicted the woman and her husband, as well as her father and daughter, on 90 felony counts last year.

The felony counts filed against the woman and her family included grand theft and misappropriation of public funds. The woman's husband was able to reach an agreement with prosecutors. He pled guilty to seven felony charges and received a 10-year prison sentence. The woman's daughter claimed she did not know she was breaking the law and received five years probation.

The welfare worker herself was sentenced to 18 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to 15 felony counts and has also been ordered to pay restitution. The district attorney made it clear that their office takes these matters very seriously, and prosecutes the cases as such.

With a growing number of suspected, high-profile white collar crimes in the news, the public pressure to prosecute and punish white collar criminals is greater than ever.

Source: The Republic, "Ex-California welfare worker gets 18 years in prison for embezzling $400K meant for needy," July 25, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Available 24/7 - Call Now

Contact Thomas A. Johnson

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson | 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1620 | Sacramento, CA 95814 | Toll Free: 866-974-4316 | Phone: 916-248-8598 | Fax: 916-442-4262 | Sacramento Law Office Map

Review Us