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Jun 3, 2013 9:03 PM by Caroline Lowe, KSBY News

Former Santa Barbara Police Department business office supervisor enters guilty pleas in embezzlement case

The former, long-time supervisor of the Santa Barbara Police Department's business office entered guilty pleas to embezzlement and tax evasion charges Monday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Cota said Karen Flores will face a maximum sentence of more than fourteen years in prison and two years in a county jail. She was charged with embezzling more than $609,000 from the police department's parking citation system. She had worked for the city for about 20 years and was charged with the crimes in August of 2011.

Flores will be sentenced August 26th. A judge will also decide on restitution and financial penalties.

Cota said the city of Santa Barbara is seeking $684,000 in restitution and costs for investigating the case. The State of California is seeking $112,000 in unpaid taxes and penalties.

Cota said there was no deal as part of the plea on Monday.

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