In a June 11 court filing, the mosquito control district's attorneys, Paul E. Gaspari and John P. Christian, alleged fraud and conspiracy to defraud by Ms. Dearman, 62, and by a woman who county attorneys believe to be her sister, co-defendant Billie Jean Dearman. On April 30, two weeks after her plea agreement, Jo Ann Dearman transferred ownership of the house to Billie Jean Dearman by means of a quitclaim deed, essentially a gift.
The San Mateo County Treasurer-Tax Collector set the assessed value of the house at $271,000 in 2012, according to the agency's online database.
When Ms. Dearman was hired by the district in 2008, she had a criminal record that included an embezzlement conviction in connection with a previous employer, prosecutors said. She reportedly took medical leave from the district to serve time in prison.
Over a two-year period at the mosquito control district, Ms. Dearman and her bookkeeping assistant Vika Sinipata embezzled over $450,000 by giving themselves extra pay, raising their rate of pay, taking "fraudulent" time off, channeling excessive contributions to deferred compensation funds, and using district credit cards for personal purchases and electronic transfers into their own accounts, prosecutors said.
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