Newcastle Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement
January 27, 2018
R. Scott Owens
PLACER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240
Roseville, CA 95678
For Immediate Release
January 26th, 2018
Contact: Jeff Wilson, Assistant District Attorney
NEWCASTLE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
Kerri Avenuery, 41, of Newcastle was sentenced on January 25th, 2018, for embezzling funds from the Newcastle-Ophir Soccer Club, Mid Placer Little League, Newcastle Parent-Teacher Club, and Lifetime Builders. Avenuery pled no contest on October 13th, 2017, to four counts of felony Grand Theft by Embezzlement 487(b)(3) of the Penal Code and admitted special allegations related to the amount of the theft.
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Doug Van Breemen argued that Avenuery should be sentenced to state prison for the maximum term of 6 years. Van Breemen argued that a maximum state prison sentence was appropriate based on the fact she sought and targeted multiple organizations that were run by parent volunteers, gained their trust, and then schemed to steal large sums of money from them to finance her own lifestyle. Avenuery is a “predatory embezzler.”
The Honorable Garen Horst sentenced Avenuery to 5 years of probation and 364 days in County Jail. The Judge also suspended a 6 year state prison sentence. Under the sentencing, Avenuery could be sentenced to state prison for the 6 year term only if she violates the terms of her probation. In addition, Avenuery is restricted from being employed as a bookkeeper in any manner, and must disclose her conviction to any employer or volunteer organization prior to being employed by them or before becoming a volunteer with an organization. Avenuery was also ordered to pay restitution. A hearing regarding the restitution amount is scheduled for 2/2/18 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 13 of the Placer County Superior Court.