A woman has been charged with embezzling more than $341,000 from her employer in Rutherford, according to court records and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.
Xandria Roxanne Neal, 44, of Hidden Valley Lake in Lake County, is suspected of embezzling the funds between September 2011 and January 2014 from Rutherford Wine Co., where she worked as an accounts receivable clerk, according to court documents. She was fired in February after the alleged thefts were discovered, according to court filings.
On Tuesday, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office filed 29 counts of embezzlement with special allegations against Neal, according to court records.
The matter came to light in February when the winery discovered the alleged thefts and reported the matter to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Neal surrendered to the Napa County jail on Wednesday, Sheriff’s Capt. Steven Blower said.
Neal is accused of allegedly using a company credit card to purchase gift cards to pay for vacations, household and entertainment expenses, according to papers filed by the prosecution. She is also suspected of creating false invoices so the purchases would appear legitimate, according to the court filings.
Sheriff’s Detective David Ackman, who was assigned to the case, allegedly recovered four iPads, receipts and gift cards purchased with the company card at Neal’s residence. Neal admitted the thefts, Deputy District Attorney Holly Quate said in a court document.
Neal is at the Napa County jail on $50,000 bail. On Tuesday, a judge ordered that Neal not be released on bail until further review. The judge signed the order after the prosecution filed a motion stating bail money may be “feloniously” obtained. Neal had no assets of her own, Quate said.
Neal had a negative cash balance in her checking account almost every month while she was employed at the winery, beginning in 2009, Quate said. She and her husband, who is on disability, rent their residence.
Neal faces up to 28 years in prison.