A Lodi woman was recently sentenced to two years and eight months in California State Prison for Women for a crime she committed while working for a Stockton-based company.
Haley Jayne Clare Flemens, 48, was arrested in June 2017 on charges of embezzling $459,633.97 from her then-employer Stockton Railcar Repair, Inc., whom she was employed by for roughly nine years as a bookkeeper.
Flemens was sentenced on Jan. 30, 2018 in San Joaquin County Superior Court by Judge Ronald Northup.
She was found to have taken the money in different ways, among them were electronically debiting her monthly mortgage payments, forging checks from the business and creating other debits and drafts for personal expenses.
Flemens was charged on a felony count of falsification of corporate books and state income tax evasion due to her failure to report the earnings on her tax returns. Flemens entered guilty pleas on June 30, 2017.
As part of repaying her former employer, Flemens’ house was sold, with proceeds going to the company, and a vehicle and Harley Davidson motorcycle were surrendered to Stockton Railcar Repair, Inc.
San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar used this case to remind businesses to “maintain strong accounting controls and dishonesty insurance coverage to protect the businesses and jobs they provide from losses.”