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.