Ex-business manager pleads not guilty in Santa Rosa church embezzlement

| October 9, 2011

The Guerneville woman accused of embezzling more than $712,000 from a Santa Rosa church started small, writing a few unauthorized checks to herself for several hundred dollars apiece, prosecutors said Wednesday.

But over time, Eleanor Jane Zapanta, 51, business manager at the Center for Spiritual Living on Occidental Road, apparently grew bold.

She began writing bigger and bigger checks for amounts as high as $12,900, according to the criminal complaint against her.

The frequency increased, too. From 2004-2010 she wrote 250 checks topping out at 52 in 2009 for more than $280,000, according to the complaint.



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