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Police arrest woman in million-dollar embezzlement case

San Mateo woman had worked for Menlo Park landscaping company

Menlo Park police arrested a 39-year-old San Mateo woman Thursday on suspicion that she embezzled more than $1 million over two years from a Menlo Park company, Creekside Landscaping Inc.

Shannon Cardenas, who worked as office manager for the company from March 2013 until March of this year, was arrested at her workplace in Redwood City and booked into San Mateo County jail, police said.

Detectives said they have been working on this case since she left the company and the owners reported the suspected embezzlement after they took over accounting functions, including payroll, bill payment, and reconciling credit accounts and bank statements.

After months of investigation, detectives said they obtained an arrest warrant for Ms. Cardenas and a search warrant for her residence.

Cardenas is alleged to have "fraudulently written and signed company checks to give her overtime and bonuses and to pay her rent," Detective Sgt. Sharon Kaufman said in a statement. "She also allegedly used company credit cards to purchase and pay for personal items to include trips, vehicles, and a multitude of other personal expenses."

Police said they turned the case over to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

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Posted by muttiallen
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

muttiallen is a registered user.

Small businesses and non-profits need to make sure there is always more than one person looking at the books each and every month. Whoever writes checks should not reconcile the bank accounts!!


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