Ex-Red Cross employee sentenced for embezzling

From Times Staff Reports

A former American Red Cross employee who managed finances at the Orange County chapter has been sentenced to six months in jail and six months of house arrest for embezzling $110,000 from the agency, authorities said Monday.

Karen Shuerger, 59, formerly of Santa Ana and now living in Henderson, Nev., pleaded guilty in May to three counts of wire fraud and one of mail fraud in connection with the case.

“The American Red Cross has a zero-tolerance policy toward fraud, and we were pleased that the judge ordered incarceration,” said Stanley Perdue, chief executive of the organization’s Orange County chapter.