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Atascadero woman pleads no contest in embezzlement case

Posted at 2:44 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 22:15:22-05

A woman accused of stealing nearly $1 million from a Creston construction company is scheduled to be sentenced next month to no more than 10 years and four months in prison.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office says Joy Noel Wilde pleaded no contest to 21 felony charges of embezzlement, attempted embezzlement and forgery.

The plea was a part of a court-indicated sentence, which is an understanding between the defendant and judge, and not an agreement with the DA’s office.

The now 42-year-old reportedly worked as a bookkeeper for G. Wiemann Construction.

Between February 2016 and July 2019, authorities say she forged and deposited 63 company checks totaling $975,000 into her own bank account.

Sheriff's officials say the owner of the construction company didn't discover the thefts until July of 2019.

Wilde is scheduled to be sentenced March 16. Jail logs show she remains in custody at San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $200,000.