Woman pleads not guilty to swindle
A woman accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from a Glenbrook Basin tire and auto repair shop pleaded not guilty at her Tuesday arraignment in Nevada County Superior Court.
Tammy Sue DiPietro, 25, of Grass Valley is charged with theft and forgery. She faces similar charges in Hidalgo County, Texas, according to a prosecutor there.
Here, DiPietro is accused of stealing from the checking account at Goodyear Tire and Auto Repair as a part-time bookkeeper.
A Sheriff’s Office report says she wrote herself checks from October until Feb. 1, when owner Bill Fredricks reported learning from his bank that DiPietro had allegedly written a $6,000 check to herself. The bank, Washington Mutual, had stopped payment on the check.
A detective went on to document $50,050 in losses, the report says, with single checks for between $850 and $4,500.
Fredricks also accused DiPietro of stealing $1,209 in cash he had planned to deposit.
This happened a week after her hiring, the detective’s report says, and Fredricks initially “felt that it possibly had been inadvertently discarded in the trash.”
The reports offer no alleged motive. One witness told the detective that he took back two snowmobiles and a trailer that DiPietro bought in January with a $6,200 check that bounced.
Another witness in February claimed DiPietro stole her driver’s license, but returned it after the witness called Grass Valley police.
DiPietro’s lawyer, Ron Lange of Grass Valley, said Tuesday he’s still gathering reports and doesn’t have enough information to comment.
In Texas, DiPietro was indicted on one theft count and five counts of check forgery in 1997, when her name was Tammy Arnold, Hidalgo County Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Leo said Tuesday.
The indictments accuse her of embezzling $126,000 over a four to six months period from Bell Farms, a produce grower near the Mexican border, Leo said.
The case was set for trial last October, but DiPietro didn’t appear and two arrest warrants were issued, according to the prosecutor.
DiPietro is scheduled to appear today on a Nevada County fugitive complaint stemming from the Texas warrants, and she has a felony conference March 21 in the Goodyear case.
She’s being held without bail at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.
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