|For Immediate Release
Case # 12HF2917
October 12, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
BOOKKEEPER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR EMBEZZLING $1.7 MILLION FROM WORKPLACE BY FORGING SIGNATURES ON CHECKS
SANTA ANA – A controller/bookkeeper is scheduled to be arraigned Monday for embezzling $1.7 million from her workplace by forging the company owner’s signatures on checks. Rebecca Rhea Moore, 38, Dyersburg, TN, is charged with two felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement, eight felony counts each of computer access fraud and falsifying records, and 29 felony counts of forgery with sentencing enhancement allegations for loss over $1.3 million and aggravated white collar crime over $500,000. If convicted, Moore faces a maximum sentence of 36 years and four months in state prison. She is currently being held on $1.75 million bail and is expected to be arraigned Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
Between July 2003 and October 2011, Moore is accused of working as controller/bookkeeper for Dan Miller Inc., dba Miller Contracting Company. Between December 2003 and October 2011, the defendant is accused of forging the company owner’s signature on company checks that she wrote to herself. She is accused of attempting to conceal her theft by falsifying the company’s financial records to indicate that the checks were paid to legitimate company vendors.
The defendant is accused of using the embezzled funds to pay off her personal credit card and mortgage accounts and to purchase landscape and furnish a new residence in San Clemente and timeshare properties in Las Vegas and Maui.
In October 2011, the victim reported the theft to Irvine Police Department (IPD), who reviewed the company financial accounts and discovered his forged signature on several checks recently paid to the defendant. IPD investigated the case and arrested Moore yesterday, Oct. 11, 2012.
Deputy District Attorney Chuck Lawhorn of the White Collar Crime Team is prosecuting this case.