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STOCKTON — A Manteca woman has surrendered to San Joaquin County Superior Court on charges of alleged embezzlement of nearly $1 million.
Jana Marie Bolter, 49, is accused on two felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement of Lathrop-based Brown Sand, Inc.
In the first felony count, Bolter allegedly stole more than $878,770 through fraudulently entering payroll checks into the company system from 2010 to 2017.
The second count alleges Bolter used Brown Sand’s charge account with Staples Office Supply to purchase $6,310 worth of gift cards to restaurants, retailers and others from 2009 to 2017.
According to a statement released by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office, the cards were issued for retailers such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Toys R Us and Amazon, and to restaurants such as Chili’s, Applebees, Panera and other.
The fraudulent paychecks and gift card charges were discovered by another employee of Brown Sand when Bolter took a vacation to Oregon to view the recent eclipse.
Bolter was employed by the company, a gravel and sand supplier, for 25 years. In that time, she had risen to the position of controller.
An independent audit conducted by Steven M. Hoslett, a forensic certified public accountant, determined that, along with out-of-pocket audit costs, Brown Sand incurred a total of $913,227.31 in losses.
Brown Sand, Inc., took steps in case such an event ever occurred, making sure to have business insurance. San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar implores businesses to incorporate such tools in order to protect themselves against loss.
Verber Salazar also suggested that businesses employ a system of checks and balances, rotating employees when it comes to accounting practices. Many business owners will often take on the accounting role to guard against such instances.
Several cases have been reported on recently where only one person was in charge of company bookkeeping.
Bolter, who has also gone by the name of Jana Marie Lemerond, is being held on $1 million bail.