TRACY -- Two Tracy sisters pleaded guilty to felony grand theft charges Tuesday for embezzling from a hospitality management company.
Charges were filed in July against Tiffany Ann Trout Rothkehl and Hilliary Lynn Trout. They had worked at Dhillon Hospitality Management in Tracy when they were accused of embezzling from the company between January 2010 and April 2011.
According to deputy district attorney Stephen Taylor, Rothkehl was the office manager and Trout was an accounting clerk.
In court, prosecutors said the sisters took the money then destroyed company records just before they went to lunch one day and never returned to work.
However, Taylor said an exact amount has yet to be pinned down. The sisters claim to taking a certain amount -- a few thousand dollars in checks and cash and then obtaining an American Express credit card without their employer's permission.
Their former employer claims they took more than they are owning up to, Taylor said. However, there has been no documentation shown thus far to support the former employer's claims.
The company's owner will have a chance to prove his claims at a hearing in court on Nov. 5 before the women are sentenced.
"In order to finish this, we have to figure out how much they actually took," Taylor said.
Rothkehl, who Taylor said is about eight months pregnant, pleaded guilty to grand theft and falsifying or destroying office records. Both charges are
Trout pleaded guilty to felony grand theft.
Both women face jail time, but how long they are behind bars will be determined at the sentencing.
"Just get business insurance," Taylor advised owners. "It's cheap. We see (these kinds of cases) a lot."
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