Although she initially ruled that a bookkeeper who had embezzled thousands of dollars from Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park deserved a longer jail sentence than promised under a plea bargain, Judge Lisa Novak reversed course on May 23.
With no objection from the prosecution, Evette Christine Weiler, 32, received one year in county jail with credit for 225 days served and five years' supervised probation, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.
The Fremont woman must also pay $139,929 restitution to the nursery and can no longer work as a bookkeeper or accountant. She reinstated a no-contest plea after the judge ultimately decided against state prison time.
Ms. Weiler attracted suspicion after vendors complained about not getting paid and employee health insurance coverage lapsed for lack of payment, according to the district attorney's office. She 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 reported. Prosecutors said that Ms. Weiler concealed the embezzlement by transferring money from the nursery's 401K retirement plan.