Sacto 9-1-1
January 8, 2013
Woman who embezzled RT funds sentenced to prison

A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling and gambling away $288,000 in Regional Transit District funds has been sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison.

Christine Dupree, 51, who was employed as a cashier by Regional Transit, admitted embezzling public funds, forgery and to an excessive taking enhancement, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. She was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick.

From Oct. 27, 2008, to May 9, 2012, Dupree embezzled $288,000 in funds that RT received from outlets, such as government agencies and schools, which sold monthly passes for RT, officials said. Dupree falsified records and used unsold inventories to cover her thefts from detection.

After a discrepancy in her records was found, RT ordered an audit and discovered the extent of Dupree's theft.

Authorities said Dupree lost all of the money gambling at Thunder Valley Casino.

Dupree was ordered to pay $288,000 in restitution and an additional $23,845.77 for the cost of the audit.

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