Bluffton woman to serve prison time for embezzlement

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 28, 2013 

Christie Linares

A Bluffton woman was sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling more than $140,000 from a local property management business.

Christie Linares, 41, worked as a bookkeeper for seven years for a Bluffton commercial property management company, according to a news release from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office. When the company's owner moved out of the area in 2010, Linares was given authority to sign checks. That's when the embezzlement began, according to the release.

In July, it was discovered that Linares used company credit cards and the company checking account for personal expenses. The money stolen came from both the company's operating account and from accounts associated with properties the company managed.

Linares pleaded guilty to one count of breach of trust with fraudulent intent Thursday. Following her sentence, Linares will be placed on five years probation and will pay $143,463 in restitution.

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