A former manager for a San Diego job-training agency funded largely by federal grant money was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars while working for the organization.
In addition to serving the 30-month penitentiary term, 42-year-old Jared Palmer also will have to pay about $455,600 in restitution to the San Diego Workforce Partnership under the conditions of the punishment handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns.
As part of his duties with the agency, Palmer was responsible for approving payment of invoices submitted by janitorial companies hired to clean SDWP facilities, court documents state. Between 2011 and 2016, Palmer instructed the contractors to buy items, including thermostats, electronics and prepaid debit cards, that he claimed were for the partnership’s use.
Palmer then stole the goods and replaced the hundreds of invoices that included their costs with false documentation that made it appear as if all of the charges were for legitimate janitorial services, according to prosecutors.
During the sentencing hearing, Burns stated that Palmer, who was convicted of theft of federal program funds, carried out “hundreds of discrete thefts that would have kept going if not discovered.”
Burns further asserted that Palmer committed the crimes with “great stealth and great planning,” bringing about “egregious consequences not only for (SDWP), but also for the people it assists.”
The agency “does important work that provides job training, placement and services to thousands of San Diegans every year,” U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said.
“This sentence shows that those who attempt to steal taxpayer dollars intended for worthy causes like this one will be brought to justice,” Braverman said.
–City News Service
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