USA: Woman sentenced for embezzling, impersonating lawyer

A West Allis woman has been sentenced to two year in prison to embezzling about $30,000 from her former employer and impersonating an attorney.

Rebecca L. Pineda was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest in September to embezzling from The Packing House.

After parting ways with The Packing House, Pineda impersonated an attorney and threatened to sue the business if it did not pay her for her last week of work. Pineda has already paid $14,000 in restitution, and is required to pay about $14,000 more.

“It’s clear to me that she’s a con artist, and a manipulative one at that,” said Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher. “I have to consider her character, and her character over the years and the past have been deceptive.”

Hansher sentenced Pineda, 34, to two years in prison — and five years on extended supervision — for felony theft by an employee. He also ordered that she concurrently serve 1½ years in prison and three years on extended supervision for misappropriating identifying information