Jennifer Lyon

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
What do you think?

So I heard this news yesterday from this link

SAN FRANCISCO – Danielle Steel‘s former assistant has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for embezzling more than $760,000 from the romance novelist.

Kristy Watts worked for 15 years and earned an annual salary of $200,000 for part-time work that included handling Steel’s payroll and accounting.

The 48-year-old pleaded guilty last year to depositing numerous checks made out to “cash” in her own bank account, using the author’s credit card rewards points and paying herself more than her salary.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker on Tuesday sentenced Watts to two years and nine months in prison.

She has paid the author $969,752 to settle a lawsuit by selling her house and furnishings. Watts is married to a San Francisco Police Department officer and has a 6-year-old daughter.

I was floored.  The woman worked PART TIME and made $200,000 a year and still stole from her employer? Pathetic.

What do you think?

12 comments to “What do you think?”

  1. Dawn
    April 22nd, 2010 at 5:18 am · Link

    $200,000 to work PART-TIME? Are you kidding me? Hell, I’d be happy to make a fourth of that. For full-time. Some people are just waaaayyy too greedy.

  2. Dru
    April 22nd, 2010 at 7:17 am · Link

    She had it good and blew it for what??? Greed will get you all the time. I can’t believe it, part-time; I work full time and don’t even make half, heck, I make a little over a quarter what she made.

  3. B.E. Sanderson
    April 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 am · Link

    :jaw drop: I don’t know what I’m more flabbergasted over – that woman’s stupidity, the woman’s salary, or the fact that her husband is a policeman. The whole thing has me just… speechless.

  4. Val
    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:18 am · Link

    Just wow, I wish I made that kind of money. If I did I sure wouldn’t be looking for more, we get buy on much less than that so most of that salary would be gravy. Just don’t understand how some people go through so much money but then I am a simple witch, don’t need big flashy things to make me happy.

  5. Silver James
    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:25 am · Link

    WTH!?!!????!!!! I’m…appalled. And amazed at how stupid people can be!

  6. Jen Lyon
    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:46 am · Link

    Dawn, me too! Greedy and stupid. Catching embezzling isn’t that hard once you start looking for it.

  7. Jen Lyon
    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:46 am · Link

    Dru, I know, it’s mind-boggling!

  8. Jen Lyon
    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am · Link

    B.E., when I saw her husband was a cop, I couldn’t believe it. Not just that he’s in law enforcement, but he SEES how this stuff destroys lives.

  9. Jen Lyon
    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 am · Link

    Val, I hear you on that! We live simple too. So many people would have appreciated a job that let them pay their bills and live without the “not enough money” stress.

  10. Jen Lyon
    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:52 am · Link

    Silver, so true! It blew my mind when I saw it. I kept thinking this would be so easy to catch.

    I feel sorry for the author too–talk about being betrayed. You pay someone very well for the job and they do this?

  11. angelica
    April 22nd, 2010 at 3:29 pm · Link

    i thinks its kinda ironic that her husband was a cop lol. yay that chickaddo was DEFFINANTLY way too greedy.

  12. Jenn
    April 22nd, 2010 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Angelica, I agree with you on the irony and greed!

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