Paul Hobbs ex employee charged with embezzlement

A former bookkeeper of US winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs has been charged with embezzling more than US$190,000 while working at his winery in Napa Valley, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.

US winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs

Prosecutors claim that Sandra Turner, 64 of Cloverdale, wrote checks to herself from company accounts but altered the books to make it look like she was paying vendors, as reported by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Turner stands accused of taking money in sums of about $1,000 on a regular basis over a six year period, from 2010 to 2016.

The theft was uncovered by another employee last spring and Turner was later fired and arraigned on embezzlement and forgery charges.

Turner admitted the theft to her ex-employer and has already paid back the money, claiming that the embezzlement was driven by her addiction to gambling.

If convicted Turner faces more than eight years in prison.

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