Bookkeeper to pay for thefts 

A crooked bookkeeper for a Brisbane engineering company was ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution Tuesday, after prosecutors say the unmonitored employee went to town on the company’s credit card and checkbook.

Claudia Prior, 37, pleaded no contest this past fall to felony charges of embezzlement and identity theft stemming from thefts that occurred between July 2009 and July 2011, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

She is currently serving a nine-month jail sentence related to plea, Guidotti said.

Hughston Engineering lost more than $93,000 after Prior forged six checks and used the company credit card to purchase gift cards and items at Starbucks, drugstores and Safeway, prosecutors said.

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