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A 35-year-old Fullerton woman who hoped to get her partner pregnant through fertility treatments stole more than $236,000 from her employer to pay for it, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Ligia Baciu is in jail on two-dozen counts stemming from the alleged fraud, including “aggravated white collar crime,” and faces more than 20 years in jail if convicted, prosecutors said in a statement.
Baciu worked in the accounting department of Sweet Life Enterprises, a subsidiary of Fresh Start Bakeries, between 2005 and 2009. Beginning in 2008, prosecutors say, she used her position as head of company credit card accounts to funnel money for her own needs -- including travel, fertility treatments for her domestic partner, even an engagement ring -- and covered up the fraud by altering the paperwork.
Often, prosecutors say, Baciu created new company credit cards for her own uses. She would then allegedly use them to pay for bills, food, travel and a down payment on an Audi.
She was arrested today in Santa Ana by Brea police, who first began investigating the case in 2010. The Orange County Register reports that the fraud was discovered in January of that year during an accounting review -- although prosecutors say the alleged fraud continued even after Baciu left the company.
Prosecutors did not say whether the fertility treatments worked.