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West Los Angeles : 3 Charged in Court Theft

Three former employees of the West Los Angeles Municipal Court have been charged with felony grand theft in the disappearance of more than $30,000 in fines from the courthouse.

The scam involved altering receipts and computerized case histories to cover up for money that was pocketed at the cashier’s window, said Marcia Skolnik, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Judicial District.

It was discovered during a routine audit, she said.

“We have taken the necessary measures to assure the security of court funds. This problem is localized, not systemic,” said Court Administrator Ed Kritzman.

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The three clerks, Derriya Renee Moore, Jeanette Johnson and Anita Thomas, were fired in July and arrested on Aug. 23. They face a preliminary hearing Sept. 5 at Santa Monica Superior Court.


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