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Embezzler pleads guilty from Texas prison

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A woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a Glenbrook Basin auto repair shop pleaded guilty Thursday.

Calling from a Texas prison where she is incarcerated for another embezzlement, Tammy Sue DiPietro, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of felony embezzlement during a hearing in Nevada County Superior Court.

She was given a three-year sentence during Thursday’s hearing. Because DiPietro’s sentence here is concurrent, she won’t serve time in California unless she is released early from her four-year Texas prison term, said Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips.

Judge John Darlington asked that DiPietro make the plea on the telephone rather than in writing so he could ascertain her mental state. She had mailed a plea in the case last month.

Court records show DiPietro was accused of embezzling money from the Grass Valley Goodyear Tire and Auto.

The business claimed that DiPietro stole $48,000 from October 2001 to February 2002, writing checks to herself while she was a part-time bookkeeper, and buying snowmobiles and a jet boat.

The scheme was stopped when the business owner learned from a bank that it stopped payment on a $6,000 check DiPietro allegedly wrote to herself, reports say.

In the ensuing investigation, police were able to uncover a substantial number of checks DiPietro wrote to herself, Phillips said.

DiPietro is in prison for a similar scheme in Hidalgo, Texas, where she allegedly stole $80,000.

DiPietro’s attorney, Ron Lange, declined comment Thursday.

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