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Sacramento Bookkeeper Pleads to Grand Theft, State Income Tax Fraud

Released: February 09, 2009

- Sacramento - A Sacramento woman pleaded no contest to grand theft with an enhancement for taking more than $150,000 and filing a false state income tax return, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) said.

Donna Joe Goodenough, 46, was employed as a bookkeeper for a Sacramento based company that provides 24-hour assistance to people with developmental disabilities. According to court documents, Goodenough abused her position of trust by embezzling more than $224,000 from the company by writing fraudulent checks and charging personal expenses on the company credit card. The thefts occurred from January 2007 through May 2008. In addition, Goodenough failed to report the more than $177,000 she embezzled in 2007 on her state income tax return. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources.

Goodenough’s sentencing is scheduled for April 20, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. Goodenough faces three years and four months in state prison as well as paying restitution to her former employer and FTB. The amount of restitution will be announced as part of her sentencing.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Judy Hersher presided over today’s proceeding in Department 63. Deputy District Attorney Robert Clancey of the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.