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Ventura County Woman Admits Embezzling Close To $500,000 from Oxnard Farming Company

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013 10:32am

A Ventura County woman convicted of embezzling from one employer is facing up to 12 years behind bars, after entering guilty pleas to embezzling close to half a million dollars from another employer.

Prosecutors say in 2006, Paige Jones Hibbits was convicted of forgery, and theft but while that case was still pending, she went to work at an Oxnard based farming company without telling them about her legal issues.

They say between 2009 and 2011, the now 70 year old woman forged more than 50 checks, stealing close to $500,000 from Scarborough Farms.

Investigators say she covered her tracks by falsifying electronic transaction data, while stealing about $18,000 a month, and even using some of the money to start a consulting business. She was arrested in December of 2011, and has now entered guilty pleas to 24 counts of forgery, grand theft, and computer fraud.

Hibbits could face up to 12 years behind bars when she’s sentenced in April.

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