Brookside Country Club embezzler gets four years in prison

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hendrySTOCKTON — The former controller for Brookside Country Club, who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday.

Charlotte Hendry, 51, stole $615,828.10 from the country club from 2010-15, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office said. She took $194,511 from company credit cards, $192,516 in cash from bank deposits and $228,800 in checks she wrote to “cash” for herself, investigators said.

The court also ordered to repay Brookside Country Club Inc. $694,452.42. The club’s losses were largely covered by insurance, but Hendry gets no credit against her restitution orders for the insurance coverage.

Some of the stolen money supported Hendry’s side business managing Elvis impersonators, according to investigators.

Hendry also filed false California state income tax returns by failing to include the money she was stealing from her employer and amassing a $54,968 state income tax evasion, the DA’s office said.

Brookside discovered the theft in the summer of 2015 when the board was notified that property taxes had not been paid. Board members allowed her to resign rather than be fired, as long as she stayed to train her replacement. It was her replacement who discovered the thefts.

Hendry entered guilty pleas on Dec. 12, 2016 to felony felony falsifying the books of the corporation and California state income tax evasion.

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