Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Woman charged with embezzlement in SF, ex-girlfriend sought

Deanna Millsaps (Photo: Facebook)

Deanna Millsaps (Photo: Facebook)

A woman who once worked as a San Francisco construction company’s bookkeeper pleaded not guilty this morning (Thursday, July 28) to nine felony embezzlement counts for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from the company, according to the district attorney’s office.

Deanna Larre Millsaps, 45, of Vallejo, worked at Krueger Brothers Builders from 2007 to 2012. Millsaps alone was responsible for bookkeeping and issuing checks to employees and vendors, DA’s spokesman Max Szabo said in a news release, citing court documents.

“Ms. Millsaps began issuing herself fraudulent checks, above and beyond her pay and any expense reimbursements, as soon as she began her employment and continued until her fraud was discovered in late 2012,” Szabo said.

Millsaps also allegedly made out fraudulent checks to Caren Jeffries, her then-girlfriend and co-worker and current co-defendant. A warrant has been issued for Jeffries’ arrest.

Additionally, Szabo said, Millsaps issued checks to six others, including members of Jeffries’ family, none of whom worked for Krueger Brothers.

On top of the embezzlement charges, Millsaps, who’s being held without bail, faces allegations of excessive taking of funds and an aggravated white collar crime enhancement.

Authorities transferred her to San Francisco to face the charges from Nevada State Prison, where she’s been serving a sentence of four to 10 years for first-degree burglary. She was arrested in March 2015 in that case and sentenced in January.

“Fraud and deceit inevitably catches up with those that think they can cheat their employers,” District Attorney George Gascón stated. “Big or small, ripping off the company you work for will be met with consequences.”

According to the public defender’s office, Millsaps hasn’t been assigned an attorney, and the date of her next court appearance wasn’t available. Millsaps’ booking photo hasn’t been released.

No one at Krueger Brothers was available for comment.

Robert Steger of the San Francisco Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit conducted the investigation. Assistant District Attorney Phoebe Maffei is prosecuting the case.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 28, 2016 @ 4:07 pm PST
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