A woman received five years in prison at her sentencing Thursday for embezzling more than $700,000 from a Palo Alto landscaping company, Santa Clara County prosecutors said.
Guadalupe Ruzic of Los Gatos, appeared at the Palo Alto courthouse for her sentencing hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. today after she pleaded no contest to charges of felony embezzlement and forgery last month, prosecutors said.
Ruzic was an office manager for Pazmany Bros. Landscaping where she used more than $736,000 to purchase Gucci handbags, jewelry, a vacation timeshare and San Francisco 49ers season tickets, according to prosecutors.
She began working as a bookkeeper for the company in 2014. While employed, the 51-year-old used QuickBooks software and a check stamp to write checks for herself, but appeared to be addressed to contractors who were not compensated for their work, the District Attorney's Office said.
The ruse was uncovered in February, prosecutors said.
"The defendant's greed and criminality brought the family-owned business that had employed her to the edge of insolvency," Deputy District Attorney Peter Waite said in the news release.
She will return to court for a restitution hearing on Feb. 5 before Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vincent Chiarello.