Bookkeeper Faces Prison in Embezzlement

From Times Staff Reports

A local bookkeeper on Tuesday pleaded no contest to two counts of forgery, one count of grand theft and four counts of filing false state income tax returns linked to embezzling from her Long Beach employer, state tax officials said.

Linda Anne Braun, 48, of Lake Elsinore, also known as Linda Anne Lopez, embezzled more than $1 million from a Long Beach consulting business over four years starting in 1996, said Barry Gilbert of the California Franchise Tax Board.

According to a plea agreement Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Braun will be ordered to serve eight years in state prison and pay more than $1 million in restitution. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 23, Gilbert said.