Ex-Copley Press Employee Arrested

From Associated Press

A former accounts payable supervisor for Copley Press has been arrested in Chicago, accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from the newspaper company.

Marsha Grace Sexton, 55, was arrested Friday by FBI agents on a warrant charging her with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and embezzlement.

Sexton had worked six years for Copley, which publishes the San Diego Union and the Tribune. She allegedly stole from petty cash accounts at Copley’s headquarters in La Jolla. Sexton was fired in late 1989, said Robert F. Crouch, a senior vice president for the company.

A warrant for Sexton’s arrest was issued Dec. 26 after she failed to appear for a court appearance in San Diego. She was arrested on a federal fugitive warrant that was issued Oct. 1, said Joseph C. Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego office.


The San Diego County district attorney’s office seeks to have her returned to San Diego to face trial, a spokeswoman said.