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News - April 20, 2011

Briefs: Bookkeeper deserves more time in jail, judge decides

by Sandy Brundage

Some Americans celebrated Emancipation Day, but probably not Evette Christine Weiler.

A judge decided that the bookkeeper, who had pleaded no contest to embezzling $140,000 from Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park, deserved a longer jail sentence than the 16 months promised under the plea bargain.

The 32-year-old Fremont woman withdrew her plea after hearing Judge Lisa Novak's decision on Friday, April 15, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Ms. Weiler attracted suspicion after vendors complained about not being paid, and employee health insurance lapsed because premiums weren't paid, according to the district attorney's office. She had worked at the nursery for almost two years.

In January, auditors discovered "dozens of checks" written to a Fremont business called "When Every Penny Counts," police said. Prosecutors alleged that Ms. Weiler concealed the embezzlement by transferring money from the nursery's 401K retirement plan.

Menlo Park police arrested the bookkeeper in July, and she had pleaded no contest last fall. Now Ms. Weiler faces a jury trial scheduled for May 23.

Repeat DUI driver pleads not guilty

An Atherton woman charged with six counts of felony drunken driving remains out on bail, despite having to post a higher amount at the prosecution's request.

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge had raised Margaret Brill's bail by $100,000 on April 12, according to the district attorney's office.

The 62-year-old woman allegedly careened down Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park on Dec. 7, her car striking at least four vehicles and injuring two people, according to police. Three bystanders helped the injured and took Ms. Brill's keys away, keeping her on the scene.

She has two previous DUI convictions, and was arrested again two days after the Dec. 7 incident for allegedly being drunk in public at an Atherton train station, police said.

Ms. Brill pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday, and Judge Lisa Novak scheduled trial for Oct. 31.

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