Saturday, August 25, 2012

Suspect in El Rincon Missing Funds Case Convicted of Grand Theft by Embezzlement in California


Cheryl Noda, who was charged with stealing funds from the El Rincon Elementary School PTA, was convicted of one count of grand theft by embezzlement in a Los Angeles court Thursday morning.

Noda was charged April 12 with two counts of grand theft by embezzlement, one count of second-degree commercial burglary and two counts of forgery. She pleaded not guilty to all charges at the time.

However, Noda pleaded no contest Thursday morning to one count of grand theft by emebezzlement. The four other charges were dropped. Noda will serve three years of formal probation for the crime. She has also been ordered to undergo 90 days of community service and has had one day of her sentence reduced after spending 24 hours in the LA County jail, Sandi Gibbons of the District Attorney's Office told Patch.

The former treasurer of El Rincon Elementary School's PTA was accused of stealing $23,700 in 2011 and a charge was filed back in November with the Culver City Police Department.

El Rincon PTA President Aimee Tarver called an emergency meeting last November to discuss the missing money. The PTA board made a request for an audit in October, when the money was first discovered missing, according to Tarver. She told Patch at that time the discrepancies could be traced back to January 2011.

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