Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
TRUCK RENTAL COMPANY SECRETARY TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR EMBEZZLING OVER $140,000 BY FORGING CHECKS AND FALSIFYING COMPANY FINANCIAL RECORDS
SANTA ANA – A truck rental company secretary will be arraigned Monday for embezzling over $140,000 by writing company checks to herself and falsifying business financial records. Beverly Joan Winter, 59, Tustin, is charged with 34 felony counts of forgery and 34 felony counts of falsifying records with sentencing enhancements and allegations for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, loss over $100,000, and property damage over $65,000. If convicted, she faces a sentencing ranging from 16 months to 49 years and eight months in state prison. Winter is being held on $150,000 bail and must prove that the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, April 26, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
In early 2005, Winter began working as secretary for David Linskens, owner of Five Star Water Truck Rental, Inc. (Five Star) in Anaheim. Five Star provides water trucks and licensed operators to companies that require a water source for large scale construction projects. As company secretary, Winter is accused of being responsible for managing the company’s finances. She is accused of having access and control over the company’s bank account, checks, and financial records.
Between June 29, 2005, and July 28, 2008, Winter is accused of forging over 130 company checks, making them payable to herself, and depositing them into her personal bank account. She is accused of writing herself checks amounting to more than $140,000 without the knowledge or consent of Linskens. In order to conceal the theft, Winter is accused of falsifying the company’s financial records by altering the payee to reflect a legitimate business or individual with whom the company did business.
In early September 2008, the bank contacted Linskens informing him that Five Star’s account had been overdrawn. Upon comparing the company’s bank account statements and accounting records, Linskens discovered several financial inconsistencies and contacted police.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Anaheim Police Department investigated this case. Winter was arrested yesterday at her Tustin home.
Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.