Hayward woman stole at work to finance gambling debts

Mid-Peninsula Water DistrictAn ex-worker of the Mid-Peninsula Water District has been accused of theft. Meet Catherine Marie Abou-Remeleh, who developed a serious gambling problem. She became desperate and started stealing money from her employer. Abou-Remeleh’s fraud could prove costly.

Caught after stroke

According to a prosecutor, the 53-year-old woman from Hayward, California stole approximately $248,000 to finance her gambling debts. Abou-Remeleh took the money over a period of three years (2008 – 2011). A colleague at the Mid-Peninsula Water District discovered the embezzlement after the desperate gambling addict had a stroke.

Embezzlement at work

The prosecutor revealed that Abou-Remeleh forged 187 checks with a total value of $247,882. She used the stolen money to finance her gambling debts. The first trial is set for November 12. Besides charges of stealing public money, Abou-Remeleh is also accused of identity theft.
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