Gov't-union embezzlers expect wrist-slap

Two people accused of stealing nearly $350,000 from one of San Diego's five employee unions pleaded guilty Friday to several felony charges including grand theft. Yolanda Marshall, 54, and Ronald Jackson, 55, also pleaded guilty to charges of commercial burglary and check forgery, stemming from separate incidents when fraudulent checks were cashed at various businesses.

They each face a possible prison sentence of up to eight years and four months at a San Diego Superior Court hearing scheduled for April 14.

Marshall worked for 22 years as office manager and bookkeeper of Local 127 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. Jackson was the group's chief steward and a member of the executive board.

Marshall created 391 checks – totaling $341,028 – between November 2004 and February 2007, using the union's bookkeeping software. The checks were made payable to herself and to Jackson, her boyfriend, said Deputy District Attorney Douglas Mooney.

The union's president requested an audit which led to Marshall and Jackson's arrest. Police arrested the pair on April 5 at Marshall's home in the Bay Terraces neighborhood of San Diego.

Marshall is currently out of custody. Jackson remains in county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.


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