Sacto 9-1-1
April 14, 2011
Former UC Davis official pleads no contest to embezzling thousands of dollars in plea deal

By Hudson Sangree

Former UC Davis anti-violence coordinator Jennifer Beeman pleaded no contest today in Yolo Superior Court to two felony counts of embezzlement and keeping false accounts.

In a plea agreement with Yolo County prosecutors, she faces a likely sentence of probation when she goes before a judge again on June 2.

Beeman, the former director of the UC Davis Campus Violence Prevention Program was arrested Dec. 10 and charged with nine felonies related to embezzling or misusing public funds.

She spent 16 years at the university before retiring in June 2009. A few months later, university officials alleged she had inflated the number of campus rapes in reports to the federal government.

The criminal charges against Beeman stemmed from her handling of program funds, not from her alleged misreporting of crime statistics.

UC Davis police contended Beeman embezzled between $2,000 and $13,000 by asking for travel reimbursements and mileage to attend meetings that never took place.

Prosecutors said today she had taken about $10,500. The plea deal includes an agreement that she pay restitution in that amount.

Beeman left the courthouse without comment.

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