Lodi bookkeeper sentenced to prison

January 13, 2017

 

gavelSTOCKTON — A former Lodi bookkeeper who admitted to embezzling more than $900,000 from her company, 3D Electric Co Inc., was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday.

Deborah Veronica Adams, 60, pled guilty in November to felony grand theft, felony falsification of corporate books and on additional count of felony tax evasion of state income taxes, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.

Adams was also ordered to pay the California Tax Board in the amount of $16,276 in back taxes and interest, plus $21,282 in investigation costs.

She has also paid back $250,000.

Adams’ sister, Denise Roman, was the receptionist at 3D Electric Company and pled guilty in November to felony theft and felony conspiracy charges. Her sentencing hearing was continued to March 20, 2017.

Adams was arrested in November 2015 and accused of falsifying books to embezzle money between  September 2007 and February 2015.

The theft was discovered by the company’s owners, Beau Evans and Russell Horn, during an audit, according to court documents. They found checks had been written but not accounted for in the company’s books.

When they asked Adams about checks, she admitted she had written them to an account she owned with her husband.

Forensic accountant Steve Hoslett was brought in to perform an audit and determined $916,756.72 had been stolen from 3D Electric.

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