A Carson woman who worked as a fund manager for UCLA’s history department pleaded no contest Monday to stealing more than $300,000 from the university through fraudulent purchase orders and travel reimbursements.
Diana Fonseca, 37, agreed to pay full restitution of $336,000 for the stolen funds in connection with her plea to six felony counts of grand theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Fonseca also admitted an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement.
Officials in UCLA’s history department discovered in July 2018 that Fonseca had created fraudulent purchase orders for electronic equipment, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Fonseca also submitted 45 fraudulent travel reimbursements for herself between May 2013 and October 2017, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“Public employees have a financial responsibility to the people they serve. This criminal conduct drained resources from the history department that could have been used to benefit students and fulfill the university’s academic mission,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
Fonseca is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse for sentencing Nov. 1.