$600,000 Embezzlement

A former employee of the Glendale City Attorney’s Office pleaded guilty October 26 to a federal charge of embezzling nearly $610,000.

Cassandra Alexander was a claims and litigation support supervisor, responsible for assembling “settlement packets” used to resolve claims against Glendale for personal injury or property damage. She had unlimited authority to sign documents directing department to issue checks and provide them to claimants’ attorneys.

Beginning in 2011, Ms. Alexander created and submitted fraudulent settlement packets that caused the city to issue 30 checks to Ms. Alexander’s friends and family members.

Ms. Alexander would create bogus settlement agreements and fake City Council minutes and then deliver the checks to her acquaintances, who then would transfer the money to her.

Ms. Alexander faces sentencing January 22 on a single felony count of stealing from an organization receiving federal funds. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison. (Source: Los Angeles Daily News, October 26.)

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