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Woman guilty of using company cards for ring, fertility treatments

A Fullerton woman was convicted Wednesday of fraudulently using her company’s credit cards for personal expenses that totaled more than $236,000 and included an engagement ring and fertility treatments for her domestic partner, authorities said.

Ligia Baciu, 35, worked in the accounting department of Sweet Life Enterprises between 2005 and 2009 and was responsible for all of the company’s credit card accounts. The company is a subsidiary of the Brea-based Fresh Start Bakeries Inc.

“The defendant fraudulently used the company credit cards to pay for bills, grocery purchases, restaurants, airline and hotel charges, clothing, and a down payment on an Audi. She also fraudulently paid for an engagement ring and fertility treatments,” according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Baciu also tried to hide her actions by changing financial records to show other employees were responsible for her purchases, prosecutors said.

She was sentenced to three years and four months in state prison and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and fines.

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