Santa Rosa, CA – June 5, 2018 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant, Frances Farias (60 years of age), of Sebastopol, California was sentenced on June 5, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Conger to 4 years of state prison to be served in the California Department of Corrections. The sentencing follows a guilty plea by
Farias and an admission by her to theft of over $100,000. Farias also admitted an enhancement that prevents her from serving her sentence locally.
Frances Farias was hired in January of 2014 in the human resources department of Oakmont Management Group, LLC. Farias used her access and position of trust to embezzle over $250,000 from her employer. Farias created fake employee profiles in the payroll system, as well as used legitimate employees’ names, to set up direct
deposits of alleged salaries into prepaid debit card accounts that were in her name. Farias was previously convicted of embezzlement in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties in 2010, for which she was sentenced to four and five years, respectively, served concurrently.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This is yet another example of why companies need to impose internal audits and other controls to ensure that this type of theft cannot go unnoticed. We will continue to aggressively prosecute these crimes and seek the maximum sentences.”
This matter was investigated by Detective Peirsol with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi.