Scales of Justice

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/07/15 – 5:03 PM PDT |

Convicted Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes has been released from jail after serving six months of her five-year sentence.

“Ms. Oakes has been released from custody and is under probation supervision,” county Probation Department spokeswoman Kimberly Epps said Sunday. “She was granted three years (of) supervised probation. Her probation terms and conditions are pretty general.”

Oakes, 50, of San Bernardino, was sentenced in January to five years in jail along with three years of supervised probation.

She was released Friday from the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore in accordance with state legislative guidelines to reduce the number of inmates in the state prison system, officials said.

Under the terms of her probation, she is ordered to find and keep a job, she is not to maintain a checking account or complete or endorse any checks unless made payable to her and she’s not to have any blank checks in her possession unless approved by her probation officer.

In addition, she must submit a record of income and expenditures to her probation officer every three months.

A spokeswoman for Rialto Unified declined to comment.

At her sentencing, Oakes was ordered to pay $1,845,137.81 back to the school district.

“Over the period of her employment, more than $3  million is unaccounted for, and Ms. Oakes is believed to have stolen it,” said Tom Haldorsen, Rialto Unified’s associate superintendant of personnel services, reading from a victim impact statement at her sentencing.

The statute of limitations kept Oakes — an accountant for the district’s nutrition services department — from being charged with stealing the full amount.

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