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.