Atascadero Bookkeeper Joy Wilde Sentenced to 10 years and 4 months in Prison for Embezzlement
Author: District Attorney
3/16/2021 3:16:11 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Joy Wilde (DOB 04/16/1978) has been sentenced to serve 10 years and four months in state prison following her plea of no-contest to 18 counts of embezzlement, two counts of forgery and one count of attempted embezzlement.
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Joy Wilde (43) of Atascadero has been sentenced to serve 10 years and four-months in state prison following her plea of no-contest to 18 counts of embezzlement, two counts of forgery and one count of attempted embezzlement of a local construction company.
Wilde pleaded no-contest on February 18, 2021 to every charge alleged against her, including an allegation that she stole over $500,000. The admission to stealing more than $500,000 requires Wilde to serve her sentence in state prison, as opposed to county jail.
The investigation, which was completed by the Major Fraud Unit of the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, revealed that over the course of more than three years, Ms. Wilde stole $877,123 from her former employer, Greg Wiemann Construction, while working as a bookkeeper and office manager. The theft scheme involved Ms. Wilde passing 64 fraudulent checks and attempting to pass three others.
In addressing the unusually long prison sentence for an embezzlement case, Superior Court Judge Jesse Marino highlighted the “outrageously large amount of money” taken by Ms. Wilde and concluded that the decade-long prison sentence was warranted “due to its sheer volume.” The victim, Greg Wiemann, was present at sentencing and recounted the significant impact of Ms. Wilde’s theft in a letter to the court. Judge Marino recognized that Wiemann had placed a great deal of trust in Ms. Wilde, and that Wilde’s deceit was “the most difficult aspect of this case” for the victim.
“Embezzlement crimes are significant at several levels,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “In addition to the financial devastation that large scale thefts can wreak on a business, is the very personal impact realized when a long-term employee in a position of confidence violates that trust. It frequently happens at the hands of someone you have come to know, trust and with whom you have developed a strong relationship. This office takes these cases seriously and will continue to prosecute them aggressively.”
The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael S. Frye of the Major Fraud Unit.
A copy of the Amended Information document can be found here, and a copy of the defendant’s booking photo can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.
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