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Former assistant in O.C. treasurer's office pleads guilty to stealing money sent by taxpayers

May 31, 2011 |  5:06 pm

Laura Cruz A former accounting assistant with the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector's office pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $2,600 in taxes and fees paid by county residents.

Laura Estrella Cruz, 35, who lives in Santa Ana, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years' probation and 45 days of community service, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Cruz was also ordered to pay $2,616 in restitution and $1,000 to a victim witness emergency fund.

Between January and July 2010, Cruz deposited about 20 checks to her personal bank account after they had been sent to the Treasurer-Tax Collector's office, according to prosecutors.

The missing money was discovered during a routine accounting review.

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-- Robert J. Lopez
Twitter: @LAJourno

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