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Former County Official Guilty of Embezzlement

September 29, 1998

A former Los Angeles County treasurer-tax collector supervisor pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling public monies and tax evasion, the district attorney's office announced.

Debra J. Aguirre, 39, of Norwalk allegedly embezzled at least $169,000 while working as a cashier's supervisor for the treasurer-tax collector. She pleaded guilty to one embezzlement count and two state tax evasion counts on the day she was to face trial for the charges, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Dennis Poey.

Aguirre faces a possible maximum prison term of seven years and four months.

Prosecutors said Aguirre, who had worked for the county since 1995, took cash payments that were to be used to pay environmental health and public health taxes. The money included payments made by mobile food vendors and vendors at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona.

Aguirre was charged based on evidence from an investigation by the treasurer-tax collector, the county auditor-controller and the Sheriff's Department.

She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30 in Alhambra by Superior Court Judge James M. Ideman.

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