Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 | 3:09 p.m.
A former bookkeeper who embezzled more than $500,000 from her employer has been sentenced to two 12- to 48-month terms in prison and ordered to pay back the money, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office announced today.
Maria Digna Ballesteros, 47, pleaded guilty to two charges of embezzlement after the owner of Las Vegas-based company Act 1/True Night Life Promotions became aware of the financial problems, officials said.
An investigation by the attorney general’s fraud unit found that Ballesteros, hired in 2007 as a part-time bookkeeper, forged and cashed more than 225 payroll checks, while falsifying bank records to cover her tracks, officials said. The forgeries and falsifications spanned five years, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
As part of her sentence, Ballesteros was ordered to pay $515,363 in restitution.