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Boys & Girls Clubs theft: La Habra woman accused of stealing $134,000

December 10, 2010 | 12:47 pm

An executive assistant at the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra will be arraigned Monday on charges of felony theft and fraud for allegedly stealing more than $134,000 from the nonprofit.

Lynette Rojas, 37, of La Habra is charged with one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement and 24 felony counts of computer use and fraud, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

She was arrested Thursday by officers from the La Habra Police Department, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Rojas began working at the Boys & Girls Clubs in April 2008 as an executive assistant in charge of preparing payroll data and depositing checks and cash, prosecutors said.

Rojas allegedly paid herself over two years an extra, unauthorized $25,000 on top of the normal wages she earned. She also allegedly stole more than $109,000 in cash she was in charge of depositing into the club’s account, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.

She allegedly tried to cover her tracks by altering the organization’s cash deposit paperwork and forging the signatures of two of the club’s directors on daily deposit slips, said Marc Labreche, the deputy district attorney in charge of prosecuting the case.

The organization learned about her alleged activities in September after discovering a payroll page that had been taped over and altered, Labreche said.

“She had access to the payroll program,” he said. “Allegedly, she used a piece of paper to cover up parts of pages, made some changes, made photocopies from that and provided it to the director.”

Neither Rojas nor the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra returned calls Friday for comment.

The district attorney’s office is requesting $135,000 bail. Rojas was being held at the Orange County Jail, and her arraignment was scheduled for Monday in Santa Ana.

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