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Paul Krueger 8:30 a.m., April 21
A 49-year-old woman admitted taking more than $500,000 from her pizzeria employer, in a plea deal in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse today.
Susan Dawn Seibert was hired as bookkeeper for a chain of high-end pizza restaurants, Leucadia Pizzeria, in April 2008.
After four years, her employer informed her they intended to hire an accountant to review the books “because they appeared to be disorganized” and Seibert immediately quit her job, saying she wanted to “spend time planning her wedding,” according to attorneys who filed a civil suit late last year.
Attorneys for the owner of three pizza restaurants in the well-heeled communities of Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla, have filed suit seeking to “attach” a property reportedly owned by Susan Seibert.
The larcenous bookkeeper stole more than $545,000 between April 21, 2008 and May 18, 2012, attorneys alleged in court documents. The Leucadia Pizzeria chain has been in business 25 years, according to the owner.
Businessman Charles Conover claims that when he confronted Susan Seibert in June 2012, she “immediately confessed” and told him she took the money to “pay debts to third parties.”
“We determined that Seibert had printed most of the checks from a remote computer so that they did not even show in our Quickbooks system,” her employer stated in a civil suit filed in August of 2012.
Court documents show that Susan Seibert was sued by another San Diego County employer, Breach Security in 2008; she “resigned” from that accounting job in 2007.
In March 2010, the brazen bookkeeper agreed to pay back Breach Security $450,000 plus 5 percent interest, in a “stipulated judgement”. Seibert worked for that company as accounting manager from September 2004 until November 2007.
Encinitas Sheriff’s deputies arrested Susan Seibert on June 13, 2013. She was charged with 26 felonies, all theft charges related to her most recent position with the pizza chain.
Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn declared in court papers: “The audit revealed the defendant had written 172 unauthorized checks to herself from the Leucadia Pizza account over the entire 4 years of her employment. The checks totaled $545,078.51. Each check showed a forged signature of the owners of the company.”
Encinitas Sheriff’s Detective Aaron Dabbs gathered evidence showing that Seibert embezzled money from the pizzerias, and then wrote thirteen checks to her previous employer, thereby making partial payments on that civil judgment.
After two weeks in custody, Susan Dawn Seibert made a plea deal today, June 26, 2013. She admitted two felony counts of fraud and forgery and expects to get four years in State prison. The same judge who took the plea, Honorable David Berry, will pronounce sentence in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse next month, on July 24, 2013.