Crime, Fire + Courts

UCD embezzlement suspect sentenced to probation, jail time

By June 2, 2011

WOODLAND — A former UC Davis employee who embezzled thousands of dollars while head of the university’s Campus Violence Prevention Program was sentenced Thursday to five years of felony probation.

Jennifer Beeman, 53, of Sacramento, made a plea agreement in April that will keep her out of state prison, though Yolo Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard did impose a 180-day county jail sentence that Beeman may be able to serve through home detention.

She also must steer clear of the UC Davis campus and Medical Center in Sacramento.

Deputy Public Defender Teal Dixon, Beeman’s attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Beeman pleaded no contest on April 14 to two felony counts of embezzling public funds and keeping false accounts. In addition to serving probation and jail time, she also has been ordered to pay restitution of $10,525 — the amount that authorities calculated she embezzled from the anti-violence program she led for 16 years.

Just over $1,300 of that amount has already been paid, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities alleged that Beeman unlawfully took money from the violence prevention program’s accounts, including one earmarked for the annual “Take Back the Night” event, and used it for personal expenses such as paying her home mortgage. She retired in June 2009 during an investigation into the financial irregularities.

That fall, UCD officials announced that Beeman had, in reports to the federal government, inflated the number of forcible sexual assault offenses being reported on campus property from 2005 to 2007.

An audit of her travel expense reports also revealed she had improperly reimbursed herself for hotel and mileage expenses from federal grant and department money.

Beeman repaid those funds to the university. The university also repaid more than $100,000 in federal grant money to the U.S. Department of Justice after learning that the funds were used for expenditures that were not allowable under the grant’s terms and conditions, UCD officials said. The expenses were not fraudulent, however.

In December, Yolo County prosecutors issued a warrant charging Beeman with one count of embezzlement of public funds by a public official, three counts of misuse of public funds by a public official, four counts of false accounting and one count of fraudulently altering an account.

The criminal charges were unrelated to the inflated statistics.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Follow her at www.twitter.com/laurenkeene

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