A Sunnyvale man charged with stealing $127,320 from a Menlo Park company pleaded not guilty to felony embezzlement and two other charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on Aug. 29.
Jorge Quezada allegedly stole the money using the PayPal account of the Millennium Group, a Menlo Park computer service company, over a two-week period in August 2018, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
A company audit of the account last September revealed a series of suspicious transactions, whereupon the Millennium Group fired Quezada and notified police, Wagstaffe said.
The company then commissioned a forensic audit that discovered 54 unauthorized transactions adding up to the $127,320 total, he said.
Quezada is also charged with one count each of grand theft by an employee and identity theft, Wagstaffe said.
The charges have a potential enhancement of two years in prison that comes with an embezzlement conviction for a loss of more than $100,000, he said.
Quezada pleaded not guilty after his arrest in September 2018 and reentered the plea on Aug. 29, Wagstaffe said.
Judge Jeffrey Finigan set the pretrial conference for Oct. 29 and the jury trial for Dec. 16, and Quezada remains free on $127,000 bail, according to Wagstaffe.