Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release
Former Gas Station Employee Sentenced in Embezzlement
Santa Rosa, CA – May 18, 2016 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant, Jessica Whalley (31 years of age) of Bodega Bay, California was sentenced today by the Honorable Judge Wick for embezzling over $100,000 worth of lottery Scratchers from her employer, the Tides Unocal gas station in Bodega Bay.
While managing the business, the defendant was taking lottery scratcher cards and cashing them in throughout her shift.
Ms. Whalley was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months in state prison, which will be served locally pursuant to Penal Code section1170(h). District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This office aggressively prosecutes embezzlement cases. This selfish act not only causes harm to the victim business, but to the community at large.”
The investigation in this matter was conducted by State Lottery Investigator Todd Kyle and prosecuted by the Environmental and Consumer Law Division of the District Attorney’s Office.