Judge: Bookkeeper deserves more time for embezzlement at Roger Reynolds Nursery

Weiler withdraws no contest plea, and faces trial

Some Americans are celebrating Emancipation Day, but probably not Evette Christine Weiler.

A judge has decided that the bookkeeper who had pleaded no contest to embezzling $140,000 from Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park deserved a longer jail sentence than the 16 months promised under the plea bargain.

The 32-year-old Fremont woman withdrew her plea after hearing Judge Lisa Novak's decision on Friday, April 15, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Ms. Weiler attracted suspicion after vendors complained about not being paid, and employee health insurance lapsed because premiums weren't paid, according to the district attorney's office. She had worked at the nursery for almost two years.

In January auditors discovered "dozens of checks" written to a Fremont business called "When Every Penny Counts," police said. Prosecutors alleged that Ms. Weiler concealed the embezzlement by transferring money from the Menlo Park nursery's 401K retirement plan.

Menlo Park police arrested the bookkeeper in July, and she had pleaded no contest last fall. Now Ms. Weiler faces a jury trial scheduled for May 23.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

Clearly, every penny DOES count. What a loser to do that to a small business during this horrid economy. She & that scumsucker Kimball Allen, the Greenmeadows HOA guy, should share a cell together to help balance our state's budget.

So, what was it the judge said that scared this woman so much?

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Nice to see, Hon. Judge Liza Novak says NO I will not allow the plea bargain of only 16 months for this alleged crime.

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Posted by Christine
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

Roger Reynolds and other small businesses need our help and support to continue to remain in business. We need less government and more entreprenueurship.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

Christine, I was just thinking of Roger Reynolds this morning. It's our favorite nursery. It's more expensive than some of the chain stores, but the plants are much better quality. We have grown puntarelle for months last fall through spring and it was wonderful. It's considered a chi chi delicacy but we bought it for its hardiness. In addition to enjoying it the traditional way, we made pesto with it and it was wonderful. We're on a strict budget but that also means weighing value along with price. That's why we shop at Roger Reynolds and we have friends from 30 miles away who do the same due to their quality plants. Thanks for the reminder.

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