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Vacaville Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling fom Sacramento Real Estate Developer

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Shalena P. Leggett, 37, of Vacaville, pleaded guilty today to two counts of wire fraud arising out of her embezzlement from her former employer, a local Sacramento real estate developer.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lee S. Bickley is prosecuting the case.

According to court documents, Leggett was a bookkeeper for a Sacramento-based real estate developer. From March 2008 through October 2009, Leggett used her position to embezzle more than $382,000 from her employer. In addition, she stole her employer’s credit card and made ATM cash withdrawals of more than $86,000 between September 2008 and October 2009 when she abandoned her job.

Leggett is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on September 7, 2011. The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of wire fraud is 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or twice Ms. Leggett’s gain, and a three year period of supervised release. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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