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Embezzler gets 14 months in prison

By October 6, 2011

A former El Dorado Hills woman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison.

On June 21 Shalena P. Leggett, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud after embezzling more than $450,000 while working as a bookkeeper for a Sacramento-based real estate firm.

Leggett then attempted to hide the fraud by making false entries in her employer’s business books, according to federal prosecutors.

From March 2008 through October 2009, Leggett used her position to embezzle more than $382,000 from her employer. She also stole a company credit card and made ATM cash withdrawals of more than $86,000 between September 2008 and October 2009, when she abandoned her job.

During her sentencing, Leggett asked the court to grant her home confinement and electronic monitoring. But U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton denied the motion.

The “scope of Leggett’s criminal enterprise,” according to the judge, warranted an actual prison sentence.

 

Jim Ratajczak

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