Woman who embezzled charitable funds from Menlo Park insurance company to serve jail time


A 59-year-old Fremont resident was sentenced Aug. 7 to three months in San Mateo County jail after pleading no contest to embezzling more than $26,000 from Farmers Insurance in Menlo Park, according to the county District Attorney's Office.

Yee Htwe worked as a company representative at Farmers Insurance on Middlefield Road, according to the District Attorney's Office. She was in charge of sponsorships for charitable events. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2017, Htwe billed the insurance company for several charitable events, including marketing and advertising expenses for those events. However, when the company investigated, it found that the events were never sponsored by the company, and that Htwe had embezzled those funds.

The company lost an estimated $26,550.

On May 28, Htwe pleaded no contest to a felony charge of embezzlement on the condition she not serve time in state prison, according to the DA's Office.

Judge Jeffrey R. Finigan denied a motion to reduce the conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor. The request came from the defense attorney, who claimed the defendant had already paid the full amount of restitution.

In addition to the three months of jail time, Htwe was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and will be subject to search and seizure and genetic marker testing. She will not be permitted to possess weapons or ammunition, and will have to comply with other conditions imposed on people who commit crimes of identity theft, according to the District Attorney's Office.


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Posted by Steve Taffee
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm

She's paid back the money. Unless she is considered a danger to the community it seems to me that some additional time in a creative restorative justice arrangement would be a reasonable alternative to incarceration.

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