Garden Grove Roommates Charged with Embezzlement
Two women who are roommates in Garden Grove have been arrested for allegedly stealing over $250,000 from the Newport Beach law firm where one of the women worked.
Alexa Polar and Robin Pabello stole a check intended for the law firm in the amount of $19,500 and altered the check to reflect an amount in excess of $250,000. With the illegal proceeds, the women went big, chartering a plane to NYC for a shopping spree vacation with friends. In addition to the extravagant travel expenses, the women also leased an 11,000 sq. foot home in Murrieta.
The alleged theft was discovered after the issuing bank rejected the check the receiving bank had processed. Both women were charged with two counts of forgery, grand theft and embezzlement, including the sentencing enhancements of loss over $100,000. If convicted, they each face up to six years in state prison.