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Ventura Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Tax Evasion

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Public Affairs Office Brenda Voet

For Immediate Release


Sacramento - A Ventura bookkeeper pleaded guilty to two felony counts of grand theft and two counts of tax evasion, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Mary T. Root, 46, of Ventura, was employed by a local manufacturing company. According to court documents, from 2004 to 2007, Root abused her position of trust by embezzling more than $300,000 by making unauthorized payments to herself and for her personal expenses.

In addition, Root failed to report this embezzled income on her 2004 through 2007 state income tax returns. All income is taxable, including income from illegal sources. She owes the state more than $22,000 in unpaid tax. Interest, penalties, and the cost of investigation will be added to this figure.

Root’s sentencing is scheduled for May 24, 2010, in Department 13 at the Ventura County Superior Court. She faces up to four years in state prison. Restitution to her victims may also be ordered at this time.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Bruce Young accepted the plea. Karen Wold of the Ventura County District Attorney Office prosecuted the case. This was a joint investigation between Ventura County Sheriff and FTB.

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