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Former Bookeeper at Paul Hobbs Winery Sentenced to Prison For Embezzlement

Santa Rosa, CA  –  August 10, 2017  –  Defendant Sandra Suzanne Turner, 65 years old of Cloverdale, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 3 years, 8 months in state prison after having entered “no contest” pleas in June of this year to one count of felony grand theft, and two counts of felony forgery.  The charges resulted from an investigation that revealed Turner had embezzled approximately  $194,000 from Paul Hobbs Winery during her time as a bookkeeper for the company.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was a significant loss to this business.  This defendant built-up the trust of her employer, as is often true in embezzlement cases, and simply concealed her crimes over a lengthy period of time.”

Turner was able to embezzle funds from the company by creating false business checks and forging the signature of the company’s CFO.  She would then alter the business accounting records to make the checks appear to be vendor payments.  She was ultimately discovered when a vendor called a co-worker to report an unpaid invoice.  The subsequent investigation revealed that Turner had forged approximately 119 checks over a period of time between 2010-2016.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi.  The Sonoma County Human Services Special Investigation Unit headed the investigation 


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