San Diego, California – Jared Palmer, a former facilities manager for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for embezzling more than $450,000 from the local Workforce Development Board that provides job training and placement to San Diego county residents and employers.
U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns also ordered Palmer to pay $455,606.82 in restitution to the Partnership (SDWP).
According to court records, Palmer, as facilities manager, was responsible for approving payment of invoices submitted by janitorial companies contracted to clean SDWP’s facilities. Between 2011 and 2016, Palmer instructed these contractors to purchase items that he claimed were for SDWP’s use, including Nest Smart Thermostats, electronics, and pre-paid debit cards. Palmer then stole the items and replaced the hundreds of invoices that included the cost of these stolen items with false invoices that made it appear as if all of the charges were for legitimate janitorial services. Over the course of five years, Palmer’s scheme netted him at least $455,606.
Because SDWP is a Workforce Development Board funded largely by federal grant dollars, Palmer was convicted of Theft of Federal Program Funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 666.
The full press release is available at justice.gov.