STOCKTON — Larissa Helen Jacquez was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for stealing more than $236,000 from two area businesses that she worked for as a bookkeeper.
On Feb. 1, she pled guilty to felony charges of commercial burglary and theft from two Stockton businesses, California Materials Inc. and Big Dog Builders Inc. She was convicted of stealing $152,447.63 from California Materials and $84,317 from Big Dog Builders. Her sentence also includes paying the money back, plus interest.
Prosecutors say Jacquez took the money between 2011 and 2014. Her crimes at California Materials were discovered when she abruptly quit and a new bookkeeper discovered discrepancies.
Deputy District Attorney Stephen E. Taylor said in a release the case illustrates to importance of businesses remaining vigilant and examining bank statements, canceled checks and business documents to detect embezzlements. He also recommended businesses should avoid relying on any one individual for all accounting functions without regular examinations and review of the bank records and accounting entries by other people.