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Former San Bernardino Accountant Sentenced to Four Years State Prison and Ordered to Pay Restitution to State

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For Immediate Release

05.06.2014

Sacramento –– An Apple Valley woman was ordered to pay restitution of approximately $962,000 to her former employer and more than $162,000 to the state representing the unpaid tax, penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation, according to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Raeanne Lacasse, 59 was sentenced September 2013 to four years in state prison for three felony counts including state income tax evasion and embezzlement with white collar crime enhancement.

Lacasse was employed as an accountant at a San Bernardino construction company betweeen 2000 and 2010. Lacasse embezzled more than $1.1 million from her employer between the 2006-2010 years by issuing company checks to various third-party vendors for personal expenses and then reclassifying those checks as construction expenses. In addition, she forged payroll checks and deposited them into her personal bank accounts. The majority of the funds were going to Lacasse’s home, car, and personal credit cards.

Lacasse filed false personal income tax returns for 2006 through 2010, and failed to report more than $780,000 in embezzled income. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources.

The case was prosecuted by San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorneys, Tim Haskell and Jim Secord. It was also a joint investigation with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, and FTB Criminal Investigation Bureau.

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