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San Joaquin County Courthouse employee suspected of theft

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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:48 am, Thu May 19, 2011.

An accounting department employee at the San Joaquin County Courthouse in Stockton may have stolen an estimated $42,000 in court fees and fines, according to court supervisors.

The employee, who was not named, resigned from San Joaquin County Superior Court on Monday after being confronted about the missing money, court spokeswoman Stephanie Bohrer said in a news release.

Supervisors discovered a recent series of late deposits while verifying the deposits last Friday, Bohrer said. Further investigation revealed that an employee may have failed to deposit funds for several days in April and May, she said.

All checks, money orders and other forms of payment, aside from the missing cash, have been accounted for and deposited, Bohrer said.

A criminal investigation is pending, Bohrer said.

"This is an unfortunate incident," Court Executive Officer Rosa Junqueiro said in the news release. "But it demonstrates that staff in the San Joaquin Superior Court's Accounting Department are vigilantly and appropriately monitoring public funds.

"I have asked the Audit Division of the California Administrative Office of the Courts to conduct an extensive review of the court's internal controls and processes concerning this matter," Junqueiro added.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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