Year in jail for school embezzler |

Year in jail for school embezzler

Christina Proctor

Linda Marie Eddy was sentenced Friday to 365 days in the county jail for embezzling more than $100,000 from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Judge Suzanne Kingsbury found there were exceptional circumstances in the case allowing her to sentence Eddy to local time instead of state prison. Eddy, a former accounting technician, was placed on five years probation and ordered to pay $103,945 in restitution. Eddy informed the court that her house was in escrow and Judge Kingsbury ordered that the net proceeds from the sale be applied to restitution. Eddy is forever barred from holding any government job.

Eddy worked for the school district for about 12 years, eight of those as a senior accounting technician for Child Nutritional Services. For more than three years Eddy siphoned money from the department. According to the school district, Eddy’s embezzlement showed up as a loss in the cafeteria fund that was attributed to an increase in expenditures. Eddy labeled the missing funds as rises in vendor costs. Eddy pleaded guilty to the charges April 27. On Friday, Eddy addressed the court and expressed her remorse over her actions.

In an argument against state prison time, Eddy’s defense pointed out that she had no criminal record, was the sole supporter of her husband and her family, and suffered from depression.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Atwell argued for prison time saying that although Eddy represented she was suffering from depression, and allegedly sought counseling, she did nothing to correct the problem except steal from the school district.

Judge Kingsbury also required Eddy consent to a Johnson waiver that states Eddy can’t earn any work or good time credits while in the El Dorado County Jail. She will be required to serve all 365 days of the sentence. Eddy was taken into custody immediately after sentencing Friday.

If Eddy violates her probation after serving her time in the county jail, Judge Kingsbury said she would sentence her to four years in state prison.

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