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Bookkeeper Charged in Embezzlement Plot

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on May 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in California Law, Orange County, White Collar Crime

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Irvine California criminal defense attorneyAn Anaheim woman has been charged with deceptive record keeping in a $1.4 million embezzlement plot that included two law firms.

Investigators say Shawna Berretto paid her personal credit cards with money from the firms’ accounts while employed as a bookkeeper and manager for the law firms. She allegedly opened new credit cards in the firms’ names without authorization, and paid for private school tuition and golf club memberships with the firms’ money. Berretto hid her activities using computer accounting software. Her husband has also been charged with grand theft for accepting checks from his wife totaling more than $10,000. He could face three years in jail if convicted.

Berretto has been charged with felony counts for computer access fraud, falsifying records, grand theft, and identity theft, as well as sentencing enhancements for money laundering, property damage, property loss, and white-collar crime. If convicted, she could spend as much as 32 years in prison.

In California white-collar crime cases, sentencing enhancements are used to punish theft, property damage or loss over a certain dollar amount. Under the “freeze and seize” law, a person is eligible for sentencing enhancements if: They are convicted for two more related felonies in a single proceeding, those felonies include fraud or embezzlement and show a pattern of such behavior, and the dollar amount taken exceeds $100,000.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

Our mission is to provide the best legal representation and counsel to all clients. Every client and every case is important. Call us at 714-542-0500 for a free analysis of your case and/or charges, or contact us at SalCiullaLaw.com.

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