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OC woman allegedly stole $480K from workplace

Donna Henderson, 67, of Orange, is shown in this booking photo. Henderson is accused of stealing $480,000 from a Tustin law firm where she was employed.

January 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An Orange County woman faces possible prison time stemming from charges that she stole nearly half a million dollars from a law firm where she was employed in order to support her lavish lifestyle.Prosecutors said 67-year-old Donna Henderson wrote checks to herself from a Tustin firm and falsified financial records to pay for timeshare properties, cruises, jewelry and home improvements.

Henderson worked as the office manager and bookkeeper for the Rinos & Martin law firm.

According to the district attorney's office, from January 2003 to September 2009, Henderson allegedly wrote 122 company checks payable to herself, cash, personal credit cards, relatives or fake businesses and deposited them into her personal bank accounts.

Those checks added up to $480,000.

She is also accused of cooking the firm's financial books in an effort to conceal the theft.

Henderson faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

City News Service contributed to this report.