Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2010
Susan Kang Schroeder
FORMER HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING OVER $300,000 BY STEALING CASH FROM CAFETERIA REGISTERS
WESTMINSTER – A former executive assistant at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center was sentenced yesterday for embezzling over $300,000 from the hospital by stealing cash from its cafeteria registers. Bridget Dominique Ganier, 38, Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement. She was sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $306,000 in restitution.
In 1998, Ganier began working as a cafeteria secretary at the non-profit hospital in Fountain Valley. In September 2003, the defendant was promoted to a cafeteria executive assistant position. Ganier felt she deserved the vacant head cafeteria position, despite the fact she lacked the required qualifying credentials. The defendant’s new job charged her with supervising the daily cafeteria revenues and deposits.
Between September 2003 and June 2008, Ganier stole over $300,000 in cash from cafeteria registers and deposited the money into her personal bank accounts. The defendant altered cafeteria receipts and records to conceal the theft. Ganier spent the money on a lavish lifestyle including purchasing a new home in Las Vegas, rental homes in Orange County, multiple vehicles, jet skis, and other luxury items. In June 2008, while Ganier was on vacation, hospital administrators discovered that cafeteria deposits doubled in her absence and contacted police. In July 2008, Ganier was fired by the hospital and went to live in her Las Vegas home. During the defendant’s last month of employment, the cafeteria revenue totaled $9,280. The month following her termination, the cafeteria revenue totaled $28,565.
Fountain Valley police conducted the investigation. In November 2009, the defendant was arrested in court after turning herself in on the arrest warrant.
Deputy District Attorney Chuck Lawhorn of the White Collar Crime Team prosecuted this case.