An Alamo resident and former volunteer at St. Isidore's Catholic Church has been sentenced in an embezzlement case. Evelyn Peinado, 64, was charged with felony embezzlement in May and will serve 180 days in jail.
Peinado, along with former bookkeeper Kathleen Dake and former facilities manager Virgilio Lukban, was accused of 13 counts of felony embezzlement after stealing $360,000 from the La Gonda Way church through fraudulent use of credit cards.
According to Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Steve Bolen, Peinado agreed to the sentence and will also serve three years on probation. She must complete 1,000 hours of volunteer work and has paid $83,816.21 in restitution. Peinado's sentencing officially concludes the embezzlement case.
An investigation into the trio's actions -- although each acted individually -- began in August 2010 when church officials began to notice financial irregularities. During the investigation, the Diocese of Oakland determined that St. Isidore did not have sufficient internal controls in place to detect and prevent such a high-level, sophisticated crime. The parish has since hired a bookkeeper and an accounting manager to "insure appropriate financial administration for cash receipts, disbursements, payroll and financial statement preparation."