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Sacramento Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement, State Income Tax Fraud

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John Barrett

For Immediate Release

09.10.2010

Sacramento – A Sacramento bookkeeper was sentenced to 52 months in state prison after pleading guilty today to felony counts of embezzlement and state income tax fraud, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Beverly D. Vickers, 45, was employed as the bookkeeper and office manager for a Sacramento electrical contracting firm. According to court documents, Vickers abused her position of trust by embezzling more than $193,000 from her former employer during 2006 – 2009. Vickers issued unauthorized checks to herself and made unauthorized charges on the company credit card. Her scheme was discovered when the business owner reviewed a credit card statement and noticed unauthorized purchases. The owner then hired an outside bookkeeper to review his books, who discovered the theft was larger than expected. Vickers used the embezzled funds for spending sprees for herself and her friends.

Vickers also failed to report this income on her 2008 state income tax return. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources.

Vickers restitution hearing is not yet scheduled. She owes the state more than $32,000 in unpaid tax, penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation.

Vickers admitted to two prior prison terms for financial crimes.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller accepted the plea in Department 61 of the Lorezno Patino Hall of Justice. Sacramento County Assistant District Attorney Robert Clancey prosecuted the case. This was a joint investigation between the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office and FTB.

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

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