Oxnard woman gets 4 years for $400K charity theft

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Updated: 1/31 1:33 pm

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Ventura County woman accused of stealing more than $400,000 from a charity where she worked has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.

The Ventura County Star reports 47-year-old Lorena Varela of Oxnard pleaded guilty to forgery and other charges in connection with the embezzlement from Arc of Ventura County.

Varela was a bookkeeper for the Ventura-based nonprofit, which serves residents with developmental disabilities

Prosecutors say she falsified electronic ledgers to show money had been paid to vendors. Instead, Varela used a signature stamp of an authorized Arc signatory and signed checks to herself.

Authorities say there 500 acts of theft over more than eight years.

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