A heartless former finance manager for the transplant unit at UC San Francisco is accused of bilking more than $17,000 from her employer, prosecutors said.
Some of the stolen funds were allegedly spent on $350 dog grooming sessions.
Dulce Tattiana Reyes, 30, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of grand theft and 16 counts of forgery, all felonies, for allegedly swindling the publicly funded hospital.
Reyes falsified 34 expense reimbursements, prosecutors said. She not only billed the hospital for dog grooming expenses, but also for personal phone bills and travel costs, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.
“These actions defrauded UCSF out of finances designated specifically for their unit that deals with transplant patients,” he said.
Reyes was employed as a finance manager for the Division of Transplant Surgery, which operates under the UCSF Department of Surgery, Bastian said.
“Rest assured that we will hold accountable those individuals who try to cheat hardworking taxpayers,” District Attorney George Gascón said.
Reyes’ bail was set Tuesday at $100,000. She is next expected to appear in court today