Former Librarian In Ventura County Enters Guilty Pleas In Embezzlement Case

Mar 30, 2016

A former librarian in Ventura County entered a guilty plea to charges that she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in library funds.

Tammy Jean Ferguson was the financial officer for Blanchard Community Library, which serves Santa Paula. Prosecutors say during an eight year long period, the 55 year old Thousand Oaks woman used a library credit card and a library ATM for personal use. They say she embezzled approximately $500,000.

Ferguson entered guilty pleas to charges of misappropriation of public funds and falsifying public accounts.

She could face four years in prison when she’s sentenced in June, and has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in restitution. An insurance company has already made up most of the losses, with $435,000 in payments.