Lynette Rojas booking photo
COURTESY OF ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Lynette Rojas was an executive assistant for the Club with the responsibility of preparing payroll data and completing bank deposits for the organization. She abused her position by processing unauthorized payroll to herself, and stealing cash that was supposed to be deposited into the Club account. She then attempted to hide her theft by altering the organization’s deposit paperwork and forging signatures of other directors on receipts.
Rojas pleaded guilty to grand theft by embezzlement, 24 felony counts of computer access and fraud at the Boys & Girls Club of La Habra. Earlier this week, she was sentenced to three years in prison and has to pay $165,000 in restitution, as well as $270,000 in fines.
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