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Rancho Murieta Woman Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft and Filing False State Tax Returns

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Brenda Voet

For Immediate Release

04.14.2010

Sacramento – A former office manager/secretary was convicted after pleading guilty to felony charges of grand theft and filing false state income tax returns, Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Sarah A. Hallam, 37, was employed as an officer manager/secretary for a Rancho Murieta construction firm, Whiting Concrete Construction. From March 2004 through August 2009, Hallam abused her position of trust by forging checks payable to herself and her personal credit cards totaling almost $2 million. In addition, Hallam failed to claim the embezzled funds on her state income tax returns. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources.

Total restitution will be ordered in the amount of $1,992,913.63 to Whiting Concrete Construction, with $155,590.00 and costs ordered to FTB representing the unpaid tax, penalties, interest, and cost of the investigation. Hallam is also facing seven years in state prison.

Hallam will be sentenced on May 12, 2010 in the Sacramento County Superior Court by Judge Gary Ransom in Department 8. Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Lani Biafore prosecuted the case.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov

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