Woman used embezzled money for breast surgery, SUVs

A Huntington Beach woman who embezzled more than $750,000 from her employers was sentenced Friday to eight years in state prison.

Lisa Jeanette Dorman, 43, pleaded guilty in May 22 to two counts of grand theft embezzlement, nine counts of money laundering, one count of forgery and one count of falsifying financial records, according to an Orange County district attorney's office press release.

In addition to prison, an Orange County Superior Court judge ordered her to pay back more than $789,000 to the companies she took money from.

Dorman was a part-time bookkeeper for Irvine-based Stratus Development LLC from December 2007 to November 2009 when she embezzled more than $171,000 by creating false entries in the ledger to "hide extra salary checks she paid to herself and payments made to fictitious vendors she deposited into her own personal accounts," according to the press release.

Dorman resigned from Stratus Development and was hired in November 2009 by Huntington Beach-based Southern California Contractors Inc. as a part-time bookkeeper. For about three years, she embezzled more than $578,000 from the company by pulling similar tactics she used with her previous employer.

From 2007 to 2012, Dorman was spending an average of more than $20,000 a month, however, she was only legitimately earning $2,000 a month as a part-time bookkeeper.

The defendant spent the embezzled money on multiple breast enhancement surgeries, several SUVs, racing motorcycles and a $20,000 off-road dune buggy for her children.

Additionally, she went on multiple European vacations, including a 12-day trip to Italy costing more than $47,000, according to the press release.

The Irvine and Huntington Beach police departments investigated the case.


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