Former office manager for Chatham Fire Protection District pleads guilty to theft


 CHATHAM - Dawn D. Sanchez, 45, of Auburn pleaded guilty to using her position to take more than $50,000 from the Chatham Fire Protection District for her personal use.

Sanchez was a formerly an office manager for the Chatham Fire Protection District.

As office manager, Sanchez had check-signing authority and control over the fire protection district's bank account, credit, and debit cards.

In court (and according to court documents), Sanchez admitted to fraudulently and repeatedly writing CFPD checks to herself for payment of personal expenses of approximately $32,000. She also admitted to using CFPD debit and credit cards to purchase more than $15,000 in money orders that were cashed and deposited in her personal bank account. She said she used the money to pay for personal expenses including insurance, credit card payments, and repayment on a loan.The incidents took place between January 1, 2009, to July 31, 2012.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 26, 2015.

Sanchez faces a maximum possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised released of up to five years. She may also be ordered to pay restitution.


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