Jay Allen Sanford 12:58 a.m., May 21
Former Councilwoman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $3.5 Million
Jillian Hanson-Cox, former member of the El Cajon city council, pleaded guilty today (Sept. 14) to charges of mail fraud and filing a false income tax return from her employment at Century Design Inc. (CDI). She admitted to stealing $3.5 million from CDI and failing to report the income on her tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. She was controller for CDI between 2004 and 2008. She would write unauthorized checks from CDI's business account to pay personal expenses, including for credit cards, says the U.S. Attorney's office. To conceal her thefts she made phony entries in the company's books. Then for the years 2005 through 2008, she did not report the embezzled funds to the Internal Revenue Service. She was first elected to the El Cajon council in 2004 and resigned in March of this year after FBI and IRS agents raided her home and office.