California embezzlement case: Woman Indicted five years after the act
A former Humboldt County Court assistant has been charged with two felony counts of embezzlement. Socorro Maria Cervantes plead not guilty to charges that she stole almost $100,000 in court fines and fees in the ten months between January and October 2008.
Although the investigation was active in January 2009, state budget cuts left the case unattended for almost five years.
Cervantes was released on her own recognizance and faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison if convicted. Due to her role as a public officer during the alleged crime, she is not eligible for parole.
An antiquated operations system for tracking traffic and criminal case payments is attributed to the success of the crime.