Former Court Clerk Sentenced for Embezzlement

Press release from the District Attorney’s Office:

District Attorney DA HumboldtDistrict Attorney Maggie Fleming announced today that Socorro Cervantes was sentenced to serve 365 days in jail and, five years of felony probation, and victim restitution of $95,964, for the crime of embezzlement. The hearing took place today before the Honorable Leslie C. Nichols, a judge from Santa Clara County.

Cervantes committed the crime while she was employed as an Assistant Court Manager at the Humboldt County Superior Court, a position from which she resigned in 2009. In October 2008, at the Humboldt County Superior Court, a cash payment went missing. This prompted internal and criminal investigations into the matter. The investigations showed that payments from defendants in traffic and criminal cases had not been entered into the court’s case management systems. The investigations showed that $95,964 was missing from about 200 cases. Based on the results of these investigations, and overwhelming circumstantial evidence pointing to her guilt, Cervantes was indicted for embezzlement by a grand jury. Cervantes pled guilty to the embezzlement on June 3, 2016.

At sentencing, a representative of the Court Administrative Offices was present, and a victim-impact statement from the Court Executive Officer was read aloud by the prosecution. The defendant submitted a written statement admitting to wrongdoing and apologizing to the Court and to the public.

Immediately following the sentencing, Cervantes was remanded into the custody of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Nina Elisseou and Christopher Yi, and defended by Attorney Glenn Brown.

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6 comments

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  • So how is it not one person noticed shortages,or things didn’t add.up.what the hell is all this lazy Ness from.does.anybody in this county do their job without thinking their owed something more?I sure would know if 100,000 dollars were missing!!!!!!This isn’t the 1st time employees stole from there.SHAME ON YOU FROM STEALING FROM YOUR OWN PEOPLE no wonder were broke.part of their punishment should be,they have to stand in front of the place the stole from with a sign around their neck telling people what they did,everyday for as much as they stole!!!OH YEAH

  • Stealing from the job that lots of folks would like to have,she was stealing from all of us!!this county is so ass.backwards,what the hell.STOP WASTE ING OUR MONEY,is she in jail?speaking of jail,WHERE’S KILLER MOM MARCI??????

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