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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.

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