One sentenced in St. Isidore embezzlement scandal

A Blackhawk resident involved in an embezzlement case from a Catholic church was sentenced to 300 days in jail and three years of probation on Thursday morning, according to reports.

Kathleen Dake pleaded no contest to five counts of grand theft by way of embezzlement after stealing more than $400,000 from St. Isidore's Church on La Gonda Way. Dake also admitted to an enhancement that she stole more than $150,000.

Dake is one of three people charged after an investigation revealed approximately $360,000 in missing funds through the fraudulent use of credit cards. The former church bookkeeper stole an additional $220,000 to make payments to a Blackhawk plastic surgeon, Bloomingdale's, a veterinarian and to pay for auto repairs.

The 58-year-old was also ordered to repay the $425,000 she took from St. Isidore's over the course of five years.

Danville resident Virgilio Lukban, the church's former full-time facilities manager, and Alamo resident Evelyn Peinado were also charged in the case. Both pleaded not guilty to several counts of embezzlement.

During the investigation, the Diocese of Oakland determined that St. Isidore did not have sufficient internal controls in place to detect and prevent such a high-level, sophisticated crime. The parish has since hired a bookkeeper and an accounting manager to "insure appropriate financial administration for cash receipts, disbursements, payroll and financial statement preparation."

As of Tuesday afternoon, Drake has 106 days of credit for time served in jail. While the Contra Costa County district attorney did not return calls for comment, reports said Drake could face five years and eight months in prison.


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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

I hope Kathleen looks great after all the money she spend on plastic surgeons. So Danville!

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Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

300 days is this some kind of joke? How about five years of jail time, equalling the amount of time she continued to steal the money?

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Posted by Terry Rice
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Liberal California is at it again! I bet the judge was thinking something like, "Oh, it is just money from a wealthy community - she didn't hurt any of those wealthy people too badly." Please! Rememeber it also took another state (Nevada) to do California's job finally locking up O.J. Simpson.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

What ever Alan...sad situation...not new, I presume she has kids and a husband...she should do time. Sorry she could not look in the mirror each morning and say, I look good...I like me....

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

Sad situation?! You have got to be kidding. Husband must have either been clueless or in on it. You don't just come home with plastic surgery done and your spouse says, "that's nice, dear." She selfishly brought it on herself obviously not thinking of anyone else. People need to stop making excuses for bad/illegal behavior and at a church no less.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Crimes aside.... what does it really say about the ultra-shallow (and I must note, mostly republican) nature of Blackhawk when the single most successful business in the flagship shopping center is the Plastic Surgery chop shop? Or when the rudest drivers in our area are the ones trying to run you over in the very same parking lots?
Coincidence? I think not.

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Posted by CMK
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I never understood, if churches make so much money, why don't they have to pay taxes like we do?

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm


Just to correct you, most that live in Blackhawk are appearance conscious DEMOCRATS!

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Posted by Cathy
a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Aug 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm


Really, a sad situation? Pulling from an article about Dake is it really sad that she couldn't afford this season's Jimmy Choo's?

"Speaking of Blackhawk, the woman I mentioned above, Kathleen Dake, apparently came to believe that plastic surgery, shopping at Bloomingdales and owning and maintaining a Porsche were necessities. Dake so much needed them in her life that she broke the law and pretty much risked everything to pay for them: her integrity, her job, her reputation, her freedom...Wow, what a reversal of fortune: from Blackhawk to County Jail in Martinez; from a Bloomingdale's wardrobe to an orange jail jumpsuit."

Being you posted from Vista Grande ES, you probably don't have any idea the mentality of the Blackhawk community and the hierachy within. Generally, the women in old Danville are usually quite nice and normal, but Blackhawk women are a breed of thier own! Come over and visit sometime and you might start to understand - families move in there because the women are that shallow.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

If it get's you through the day to believe that Alan, I won't rain on your deluded little parade. There are no doubt plenty of shallow lefty-women there too, but it is abundantly clear that Blackhawk has a republican majority.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 19, 2011 at 10:33 am

@ Derek

Do you actually LIVE in Blackhawk? Didn't think so! Those of us who actually live here know what the deal is.

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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Aug 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

Does ANYbody "actually live" in Blackhawk?

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody actually care?

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Posted by GK-94506
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Next up Evelyn Peinado, longtime church volunteer. Court date Sept. 22nd. Family has given so much money to the church that the St. Isidore CYO gym graciously designated an area, the Wall of Fame in honor of Peinado.

A good reminder.

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Cathy, I have lived in Danville for over 20 years and I have a number of friends who live in Blackhawk and I always chuckle at the apparent "Blackhawk envy" some folks exhibit. The community is not for me (who needs a gated community in Danville for goodness sake?) but I never judge those who feel a need live there. Generalizing about a group of people is something I have learned not to do. Agreed, some Blackhawk residents are totally into it and obnoxious but most of my friends just want to live on a quiet street and be left alone. I said it was "sad" about Ms Dake because of the obvious lack of judgement and moral fiber in her adult being. She should be punished but clearly she has mental issues. I do get a kick out of the "Blackhawk Women's Republican Group" and their list of speakers around election time though...never a moderate Republican on the dias.

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