A secretary accused of helping her boss embezzle money from St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Evelyn Vallacqua, 45, was accused of collecting illicit severance pay with the finance director's approval and helping issue improper reimbursement checks. As part of her plea agreement, entered into on May 14, she will be sentenced to 90 days in county jail in exchange for testifying truthfully.
Her co-defendant, Jennifer Margret Morris, 58, was serving as the seminary's finance director when charged with stealing $202,000 and a 1982 Mercedes from the institution.
St. Patrick's conducted an audit after learning that Ms. Morris allegedly charged seminary purchases to her personal credit card, reportedly to rack up airline miles, and then reimbursed herself, according to the police report.
The finance director has pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony embezzlement and one count of taking more than $65,000 worth of property while committing a felony. She is out on $200,000 bail, with a trial scheduled to start on Aug. 11.
Ms. Vallacqua's sentencing has been set for Sept. 19. She remains out of custody on $10,000 bail.