PORTSMOUTH, Va. April 4 2012 - A Virginia Beach Woman pleaded guilty in Portsmouth Circuit Court to one count of embezzlement.
Sherell D. Williams, age 38, of the 5300 block of Summer Crescent in Virginia Beach, was charged with one count of embezzlement, with an amount more than $50,000.
Jan Westerbeck with Portsmouth Police says the embezzlement was reported by management at APM of North America.
According to Bill Prince with the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Williams faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and must pay full restitution as part of her plea agreement.
The incident was reported in September 2012 and the arrest was made in April 2011.
Williams is scheduled for sentencing on July 26.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. Feb 14 2012— A former cashier at a store at the U.S. Naval Academy has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $120,000.
Mary Catherine Lewis, 43, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court to theft of government property.
The charges arose from a scheme to steal money from the Midshipman Store in Annapolis.
Federal prosecutors say Lewis used a series of fraudulent refund transactions to steal money from the store. Lewis would credit money from a refund that did not in fact take place.
She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She has been ordered to pay $125,000 in restitution
Los Altos CA Feb 13 2012 A former City of Los Altos employee, suspected of stealing more than $30,000 from the city through fraudulent transactions, surrendered Monday to police after law enforcement obtained a $50,000 arrest warrant for the employee, police said.
Mountain View resident Michael Nicolas Trautman, 41, served as the city’s information technology manager and was hired by the city in November 2007 after a “complete” background check that “found no questionable personal or professional activities,” according to a statement issued by the city today.
Trautman resigned in December 2011. Assistant City Manager Jane Logan said that, in his stated reasons for his resignation, Trautman “did not link it to anything involved in the investigation.”
In early December, the Police Department was alerted to a suspicious transaction involving the use of a city purchasing card. According to police, the transaction was discovered during a routine review of conference expenses incurred by Trautman.
According to Logan, Trautman had been attending a conference discussing the use of technology in police cars, which was within the scope of his duties.
Logan said that the city’s annual audits failed to detect any impropriety, prompting the city to have since retained an independent certified professional accounting firm to review its purchasing procedures to see if internal controls can be strengthened.
“We really didn’t know what was going on until police got more into the discovery of it,” Logan said.
Police said that an audit of Trautman’s city-related financial records uncovered “numerous discrepancies,” including the purchase of electronics equipment, and that Trautman allegedly submitted forged supporting documents totaling more than $30,000.
The warrant for Trautman’s arrest was issued after the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint of grand theft against Trautman.
He surrendered on Monday and posted bond, police said. According to the city, it retains an insurance policy that covers employee theft.
The Kansas City Star reports 35-year-old Fabiola Cruz was arrested Monday on charges of one count of theft by embezzlement of more than $100,000 and four counts of a computer crime.
Cruz was making her first appearance in Johnson County District
Court on Tuesday afternoon.
The charges stem from an internal audit that discovered discrepancies relating to the collection of court fines in numerous municipal court files. The Merriam Police Department conducted a
criminal investigation as a result of the audit.
Neither the Johnson County Jail nor district court clerk had records indicating she had hired an attorney.