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Long Beach City Worker Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Long Beach city employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the animal care services bureau.

A Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman says 59-year-old Jongluck Mutrais entered the plea Friday on felony charges including misappropriation of public funds and filing a false tax return.

He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 12 to three years in state prison.

Prosecutors say Mutrais embezzled more than $100,000 by mishandling cash transactions at the Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 1, 2010.

The bureau is responsible for kennels, dog licenses, adoption and animal control.

Mutrais resigned from the job in August 2010.

Prosecutors say the theft came to light after the bureau installed a computer system that tracks funds.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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