Grass Valley woman takes five-year plea deal in three fraud and theft cases |

Grass Valley woman takes five-year plea deal in three fraud and theft cases

A Grass Valley woman facing three separate cases involving identity theft, embezzlement and insurance fraud took a plea agreement in return for a five-year prison sentence.

That would be a split sentence, however; Jennifer Ashley Yeoman, 28, would serve 30 months of that prison sentence locally and then have 30 months of mandatory supervision.

Yeoman was arrested by Grass Valley Police in November 2013 and charged with identity theft and the fraudulent use of access cards.

She was arrested again in August of this year after a joint investigation by the Nevada City and Grass Valley police departments, on charges that she embezzled credit card information to purchase items that included chocolate and swimming equipment.

That investigation was initiated after a Nevada City business reported they had fired Yeoman, after finding out she was going through the judicial process for credit card theft and identity theft.

Yeoman reportedly had access to and was entrusted with personal account information for 160 clients, several of whom subsequently reported that their credit card information had been used to make unauthorized purchases, some in Yeoman’s name.

In that case, Yeoman was charged with five counts of identity theft and five counts of petty theft, naming five female victims.

A third complaint charged her with five counts of insurance fraud and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, in connection with making fraudulent claims to an insurance policy for payment or other benefits.

In Nevada County Superior Court Thursday, Yeoman pleaded no contest to felony counts of insurance fraud, grand theft, and identity theft, and three misdemeanor counts of theft and one misdemeanor count of identity theft, in return for a total aggregate term of five years.

Her attorney, Greg Klein, noted that she was being investigated for a possible new case of public assistance fraud, but that any resulting conviction was to be served concurrently with that sentence.

Yeoman was set to be sentenced Dec. 15.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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