A 64-year-old Elk Grove woman has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for embezzling approximately $129,000 from her mother’s trust accounts.
Christine Ann Cooper, a former insurance agent, pleaded no contest to one felony count of embezzlement, forgery, fraud or identity theft from an elder or dependent adult, and one count of grand theft or embezzling from her mother’s trust accounts over a nine-year period, according to a California Department of Insurance news release.
Cooper, who was sentenced Sept. 23 in Placer Superior Court, also was ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution and will be subject to five years of formal probation after her release from jail.
After receiving a complaint, the state Department of Insurance Investigation Division launched a joint investigation with the Rocklin Police Department, which revealed that, as her mother’s trustee, Cooper wrote checks to herself from the trust accounts and falsified trust statements to conceal her thefts, authorities said.
Rocklin police arrested Cooper at her business in Sacramento’s Greenhaven area in June 2015.
Cooper was prosecuted by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. The Department of Insurance has revoked her license.