Sacto 9-1-1
September 29, 2011
Office manager sentenced for embezzling from lobbying firm

A Sacramento woman has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading no contest to grand theft charges.

Linda Marie Wells, 50, was sentenced Wednesday by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gary Ransom.

Wells was employed as an office manager by Norwood and Associates, a lobbying firm. From 2004 through August 2010, she increased her salary by more than $95,000, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Officials said Wells used the company credit to make nearly $40,000 in personal charges, and transferred close to $75,000 from Norwood and Associates bank accounts into her own account and to a friend's account. Wells took a total of $219,771.

The embezzlement was discovered when owner John Norwood hired an auditor to check his firm's finances, according to the news release, and the auditor commented about how well Norwood compensate his office manager.

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