Friday, November 6, 2015
Former Court Clerk Sentenced on Theft Charge
By a MetNews Staff Writer
A former Los Angeles Superior Court clerk was sentenced yesterday to 500 hours of community service for stealing more than $6,000 in court fees.
Linda Mascorro, 60, was placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay $6,345 in restitution to the court by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz, the District Attorney’s Office said. She pled guilty on Oct. 14 to one felony count of misappropriation of public funds.
Mascorro admitted stealing the money between 2010 and 2014 while she worked as a clerk at the Pomona courthouse. The Covina resident acknowledged stealing money meant for the courts while processing and collecting fees from individuals filing civil name change petitions.
Deputy District Attorney Michele Gilmer with the Public Integrity Division prosecuted the case, which was investigated by auditors with the Superior Court, prosecutors said in a release.
Mascorro retired last year, after 23 years with the court. Her total annual pension and benefits amount to $10,018.92.
While a deputy clerk, she was active with the Service Employees International Union, Local 721, serving on the Executive Board, and was heavily involved in the union’s campaign to urge a boost in court funding.
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