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WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS PROBATION

A Joshua Tree woman who was convicted in September of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District was sentenced to three years’ probation on Friday. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn in August and October 2014, for a total of $1,927. After deliberating for only one and a half hours, jurors convicted her of grand theft with a finding of true that Buttinelli embezzled more than $400. Judge Rodney Cortez could have sentenced Karin Buttinelli to three years in state prison or fined her up to $10,000.

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT

A Joshua Tree woman was convicted Wednesday of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn in August and October 2014, for a total of $1,927. Jurors heard five days of testimony before beginning their deliberations Wednesday afternoon, and took only 1 ½ hours to reach a verdict. Sentencing is set for December 2 before Judge Rodney Cortez in Joshua Tree Superior Court. Karin Buttinelli could be sentenced up to three years in state prison and fined up to $10,000. Buttinelli is free on a $25,000 bail bond.

FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PRESIDENT CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT

The District Attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against the former president of the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. On Monday, Carey Alderson, 46, was charged with embezzlement by an employee for allegedly using the chamber’s credit card to pay his personal gas and electric bills, totaling $678.65. The alleged theft was first noticed in April, at which time Executive Director Christine Hoenigmann contacted Alderson. The Sheriff’s Department original report states that Alderson made one payment of $160 to repay the debt, but nothing since. Alderson resigned as Chamber president July 21, and the Chamber notified Sheriff’s deputies the next week. Carey Alderson, who was also named as the chair of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery District in February, is set to be arraigned on the embezzlement charge September 21. In 2004, Alderson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment, and in 2003, a charge of driving under the influence was dismissed in exchanged for a guilty plea of drunk in public. Alderson ran unsuccessfully for Twentynine Palms City Council in 2010.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT SUSPECTED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of suspected embezzlement at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. Just five months after taking over as president of the chamber’s board of directors, the board filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department July 22, accusing Carey Alderson of using the chamber’s credit card to pay his personal gas and electric bills, totaling $678.65. The alleged theft was first noticed in April, at which time Executive Director Christine Hoenigmann contacted Alderson. The report states that Alderson made one payment of $160 to repay the debt, but since then, she said he has ignored all communication. Alderson and Vice President Dean Moore, and board member Maryse Kintz all resigned from the board July 12. The board of directors held two special meetings, July 20 and July 21, at which time it voted to file a police report against Alderson alleging embezzlement. Nearly a week after the chamber reported the theft, no arrests or charges have been made as of yet.