Prosecutors close book on Brisbane bookkeeper who swindled soldier 

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A Brisbane bookkeeper will be sentenced to 9 months in county jail for swindling a widowed soldier who was fighting in Iraq.

Kenneth McCall, 65, a self-employed bookkeeper, pleaded no contest to a felony embezzlement count on Monday, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

McCall was hired to care for the soldier’s finances while he served overseas. The soldier’s wife had died of natural causes about a year before his deployment in 2006.

McCall was accused of spending $14,000 from the soldier’s credit union account and nearly $17,000 on his credit card. He spent the money on himself, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said, including purchases at Best Buy, Petco and CompUSA.

The soldier learned of the thefts when he returned from Iraq in November 2007, the district attorney said.

As part of McCall’s plea deal, he will have to pay all the money he took back to the soldier, Wagstaffe said.

He will be officially sentenced on Nov. 16. McCall remains out of custody on a $10,000 bail bond.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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