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Boys & Girls Clubs worker sentenced for embezzling more than $134,000

April 18, 2011 | 12:59 pm

A 37-year-old woman formerly employed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for embezzling more than $134,000, authorities said.

Lynette Rojas of La Habra was arrested in December and later pleaded guilty in an Orange County court to one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement, 24 felony counts of computer access and fraud, aggravated white-collar crime and property damage.

Prosecutors said she used some of the money to pay for breast implants.

At her sentencing Monday, Rojas was ordered to pay $165,000 in restitution and $270,000 in fines in addition to serving jail time, said officials with the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Rojas worked as an executive assistant for the nonprofit since April 2008 and was responsible for preparing and submitting payroll data and completing cash and check bank deposits.

The La Habra Police Department said Rojas processed about $25,000 in extra payroll to herself, stole more than $109,000 in cash that was to be deposited into the nonprofit’s bank account and attempted to hide her tracks by altering documents and signing the names of two club directors.

Rojas was accused of the theft after a discrepancy in paperwork was noticed. Due to the theft, the nonprofit had been forced to cut programming and lay off several employees.

During Rojas’ sentencing, a member of the nonprofit’s board of directors gave a victim-impact statement to the court.

“[Rojas] was well aware that the money that she was stealing came directly from parents who paid for their children to attend our extended daycare program,” Dawn Stille said. “She knew how hard those parents worked to pay for their childcare at the club and how the money generated from that program was essential to the financial success of our club.”

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-- Corina Knoll

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