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* Redwood City Man Rosendo Abarca Sentenced For Embezzling From Fair Oaks Elementary School

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A 39-year-old man was sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court today to a year in county jail after pleading no contest to stealing thousands of dollars from an elementary school parental support fund. Rosendo Cazares Abarca, who was president of the Fair Oaks Elementary School Parents Association and had access to the association’s bank account, had faced more than two years in prison but opted to take a plea deal in July to receive a jail sentence, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.In addition to a year in county jail, of which he has 345 days of credit for time served, he was also ordered to pay $4,907 in restitution to the Parents Association and will be placed on probation for three years, Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.Abarca, who pleaded no contest to one count of felony embezzlement, was accused of writing checks to himself and family members at east 10 times between 2006 and 2008, totaling more than $3,500, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.Abarca also stole $1,500 collected from two separate school fundraisers — a garage sale, and a picture day with Santa, according to Wagstaffe.Abarca was arrested in January after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at his home, according to Wagstaffe. In addition to evidence of the thefts, authorities also found stolen personal identification documents at his home.

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