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Ventura County Woman Accused Of Stealing Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars From Two Employers

A Ventura County woman has entered not guilty pleas to charges she stole $75,000 from a business, and a non-profit where she worked during the last two years. Ventura County prosecutors say in 2018, Ursula Nalley Ruiz-Madrid worked as a bookkeeper for Ojai based Haney Landscaping. They say the Oxnard woman secretly wrote company checks to herself, stealing about $18,000.

Then, in 2019 Ruiz-Madrid worked for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. Prosecutors say she altered payroll records to inflate her salary, stole cash, and used one of the non-profit’s credit cards for personal expenses.

The total loss is estimated at around $57,000. The 30 year old woman is facing 14 grand theft and forgery charges. If convicted of all counts, she could face more than 11 years in prison.

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