Woman Arraigned for Embezzling over $400,000 from Employer


July 28, 2016


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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Deanna Larre Millsaps, age 45, of Vallejo, was arraigned on nine felony counts of theft by embezzlement with allegations of excessive taking of funds and an aggravated white collar crime enhancement.  


“Fraud and deceit inevitably catches up with those that think they can cheat their employers,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “Big or small, ripping off the company you work for will be met with consequences.”


According to court records, Ms. Millsaps was the bookkeeper at Krueger Brothers Builders of San Francisco from 2007-2012.  Throughout her employment she was solely responsible for the bookkeeping and for issuing checks to employees and vendors.  Ms. Millsaps began issuing herself fraudulent checks, above and beyond her pay and any expense reimbursements, as soon as she began her employment and continued until her fraud was discovered in late 2012.  Ms. Millsaps also issued fraudulent checks to her girlfriend at the time, Caren Jeffries, who also worked for Krueger Brothers Builders.  Millsaps also issued checks to six other people, including members of Ms. Jeffries’ family, none of whom worked for the victim company.  In total, Ms. Millsaps embezzled over $400,000 over the course of five years.


Millsaps’ was arraigned this morning in Department 22 where she entered a plea of not guilty.  Millsaps was transferred to San Francisco to face these charges from Nevada State Prison, where she is currentlyserving a sentence of 4-10 years for a 1st Degree Burglary she was arrested for in March of 2015.  She was sentenced in that case on January 11, 2016.  She remains in-custody in San Francisco County Jail.  A warrant for the arrest of Millsaps’ co-defendant, Caren Jeffries, has been issued. 


Robert Steger of SFPD’s Financial Crimes Unit conducted the investigation.  Assistant District Attorney Phoebe Maffei is prosecuting the case.