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* Kenneth McCall Embezzled $30,000 From Soldier Serving in Iraq

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A 66-year-old Brisbane bookkeeper who stole more than $30,000 from a soldier serving in Iraq has been sentenced to four months in San Mateo County Jail. Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak said this afternoon that McCall deserved to serve the maximum jail sentence of 9 months, but that his illhealth would be an undue burden on the taxpayers of San Mateo County.

McCall, who sat in court in a wheelchair and used an oxygen tank to breathe, did not react to the sentence. McCall was further ordered to fully repay the victim, Jerry Salvador, an army veteran and former San Francisco police officer. Before departing for Iraq, Salvador authorized McCall to pay household bills and any expenses related to the victim’s two teenage daughters, who were staying with a neighbor during his deployment.

From September 2006 to November 2007, McCall used the victim’s money to pay a former partner’s tax bills and purchase cellphones, laptop computers, software and a flatscreen TV for himself. McCall, who said the purchases were appropriate because he intended to repay the victim, pleaded no contest to felony embezzlement in September. Salvador said at today’s sentencing hearing that his family still felt loss and betrayal at the hands of McCall’s actions.

“You should be ashamed of yourself, but you are incapable of shame,” Salvador said. “You will always be known as a thief by the people of Brisbane,” he said. McCall, who had been out on $10,000 bail, was immediately taken into custody.

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