Woman accused of embezzling $42,000 blames pill addiction

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A woman accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a street cleaning business blamed a return on her addiction to prescription drugs, according to the sheriff’s office.

Tracie Dixon, 57, allegedly embezzled $42,116.48 from Super Sweep LLC, according to reports filed in Superior Court. She pleaded not guilty to her charges on January 20 and is scheduled to appear in court on March 9.

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Dixon was hired as a payroll clerk in 2015 and was responsible for preparing payroll. The company’s owner had to pre-sign paychecks before Dixon processed them for distribution.

On July 23, the owner received a notification from her financial institution of an attempt to process a $20,000 transaction, according to court documents. She investigated and found that Dixon had written $35,000 in unauthorized checks to himself, the filings say.

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The owner told investigators she confronted Dixon on July 26 and Dixon admitted taking the money. Dixon said she had started abusing prescription drugs again, according to the files.

“Upon reviewing the check pictures for the checks listed as fraudulent by the victim, I confirmed that all of the checks in question were deposited into Tracie Dixon’s account at Valley Strong Credit Union,” an investigator wrote in the documents.

Dixon was fired. She said she would return the money and still had $10,000 in her account, the filings say.

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