Petaluma woman accused of using $150k of company funds on personal expenses

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A Petaluma woman has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement after she allegedly used more than $150,000 of company funds on personal expenses, including DoorDash and Amazon. 

The company in question is a landscape design and construction company in Santa Rosa.

SRPD was notified last July when the company hired a new bookkeeper who saw irregularities in the company’s financial records. 

It was later revealed that there were several unauthorized credit card transactions. 

Further investigation identified the suspect was the company’s previous bookkeeper, Jennifer Sutton, 48.

Police suspect Sutton made the fraudulent charges over five years. 

According to SRPD, she used the company credit card for cash advances, and purchases on Amazon, Google, and DoorDash, and to pay for personal utilities like water, electricity, and Internet. 

In total, the costs added up to more than $150,000, police said.

Police served a search warrant at her home on the 1400 block of Dandelion Way in Petaluma and found evidence of the embezzlement. She was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement with an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement.


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