A former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District maintenance employee was charged with grand theft, after stealing more than $40,000 worth of technology equipment from the district. Jorge Lopez Paredes, 27, was identified as a suspect in the theft from security videotape recorded at the district’s offices. Paredes pleaded no contest to the grand theft charges against him. In exchange, he received a sentence of 8 days in jail, a suspended prison sentence of 3 years, 60 hours of community service and 5 years of probation.
Grand Theft Conviction Gets Suspended Sentence
In addition to the grand theft conviction, the jail and supervision terms, Paredes was also ordered to repay the SMMUSD nearly $41,000 in restitution. He will also serve his suspended sentence if he does not complete the restitution order by 2020. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Paredes has already paid back more than $13,000, and will return another $7,900 he received from the sale of the stolen equipment.
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