A bookkeeper is facing embezzlement charges after authorities allege she stole $1.4 million from two law firms and used the funds to write unauthorized checks to her husband.
Shawna Renee Barretto, 39, of Anaheim, has been charged with dozens of felonies, including 22 counts of computer access fraud, 21 counts of falsifying records and seven counts of grand theft, according to an Orange County District Attorney’s office statement.
Her husband, Roberto Nilo Barretto, 53, also of Anaheim, has been charged with a felony count of grand theft, authorities said.
According to prosecutors, Shawna Barretto worked as a bookkeeper and an office manager from 2005 to 2012 at two unnamed law firms. Authorities allege she embezzled more than $1.4 million from the two firms through “deceptive record-keeping” and used the money on personal expenses such as private school tuition for her children and golf club memberships.
Prosecutors also allege that Shawna Barretto gave five checks totaling $10,825 to her husband.
An employee at one of the law firms notified the Irvine Police Department after noticing discrepancies in the business’s financial records, authorities said.
If convicted, Shawna Barretto – who is currently free on $1.4 million bail – faces up to 32 years in state prison, while Roberto Barretto – who is currently free on $20,000 bail – faces up to three years in prison.
By SEAN EMERY/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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