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Ex-La Jolla synagogue executive gets 18 months in embezzlement
Ex-La Jolla synagogue executive gets 18 months in embezzlement

The former executive director of Congregation Beth El synagogue in La Jolla has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $540,000 from the synagogue over five years, federal prosecutors said Monday. Eric Levine, 37, had control of the synagogue's bank account and credit card from 2008 to 2013, overseeing the synagogue's annual budget of nearly $2 million. Levine recorded the expenses as Ritual Fund, Rabbi Emeritus, High Holidays, Purim Baskets, landscaping and other things, according to documents filed in federal court in San Diego. He used the money for trips to Las Vegas, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada and the La Costa Resort and Spa,...

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