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Ex-college employee gets prison term for embezzling $500,000

December 14, 2011 |  4:03 pm

A former Antelope Valley College accounting assistant who embezzeled more than $500,000 from the school pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to three years and four months in state prison.

Mandy Deborah Borquez, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft by embezzlement and admitted taking of more than $150,000, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the allegation requires that Borquez serve her sentence in state prison rather than county jail.

In addition to the prison sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Horwitz ordered the former college employee to pay restitution of $423,340.90. Four counts were dismissed as part of a negotiated settlement.

The embezzlement, which occurred between 2004 and 2010 when Borquez was working at the college, was discovered after an audit by her supervisor, prosecutors said.

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