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Optician to Be Tried in Embezzlement

A Granada Hills optician was ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges that she embezzled 3,635 pairs of eyeglass frames--valued at more than $109,000--from the organization where she worked.

Linda Dultz, 45, is accused of taking the frames while working as an optician at the Facey Medical Group in Mission Hills between May, 1987, and April, 1988.

Prosecutors charged that Dultz ordered large shipments of eyeglass frames, then took them out of the building on the pretext that she had over-ordered. But instead of returning the frames to the manufacturers as she claimed, Dultz sold them, prosecutors alleged.

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Dultz pleaded not guilty to felony charges of grand theft and embezzlement. If convicted, she faces a maximum of six years in state prison.

Facey administrators testified in a preliminary hearing in San Fernando Municipal Court that they first suspected foul play when an internal audit and physical inventory of the medical center’s optics department could not account for 3,635 pairs of eyeglass frames.


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