Simi Valley woman sentenced for embezzling $348,000
A Simi Valley woman was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison on Friday for embezzling nearly $ 350,000, the Ventura County district attorney’s office said Tuesday.
Tara Elaine Nykoluk, 45, had been convicted by a Ventura County Superior Court jury on three counts of embezzlement and forgery. The jury also found the special claim to be true that Nykoluk’s crimes involved stealing more than $ 100,000.
From 2006 to 2015, Nykoluk worked as a part-time accountant for T&M Plumbing, a small plumbing company based in Van Nuys. She was fired in 2015 after her theft was discovered, authorities said.
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An audit found that during her tenure, Nykoluk had embezzled approximately $ 348,000 through more than 1,500 transactions. She was first arrested on the charges in 2018 by Simi Valley Police Department, with investigators conducting a joint investigation with the Fraud and Technology Crime Unit of the district attorney’s office. Investigators found that Nykoluk used the stolen money to pay for vacations, restaurant meals, and other goods and services.
After Friday’s trial, Nykoluk was remanded to Ventura County Jail to serve her sentence. She will appear in court for a restitution hearing in Room 47 of Ventura County Superior Court on June 28 at 10:00 AM.
Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter on the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing [email protected]. You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.