SLO County DA: Embezzler will return stolen money to businesses


Ginger Lee Mankins, 56, of Pismo Beach, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (September 1) to embezzlement charges for stealing approximately $5 million from two farming businesses.

Ginger Lee Mankins, 56, of Pismo Beach, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (September 1) to embezzlement charges for stealing approximately $5 million from two farming businesses.

A former accountant must repay more than $1.3 million in restitution after being convicted of embezzling funds from two local businesses, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Monday.

In September 2021, 57-year-old Ginger Lee Mankins pleaded guilty to six counts of embezzling money from Rich Machado Livestock and B&D Farms for approximately 10 years.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy sentenced Mankins, 57, to 10 years in state prison in October 2021, calling the crime a “gross loss and breach of trust.”

Testimony at the restitution hearing showed Mankins embezzled $3,440,205 between May 2007 and January 2018 from Machado Livestock and caused the Arroyo Grande cattle auction business to lose $811,317, according to Monday’s press release.

Mankins and her husband repaid $2,947,000 to Machado Livestock.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Denise DeBelleFeuille ordered Mankins to pay the remaining $1,304,524 in restitution, condemning his “spectacular betrayal of trust.”

“Embezzlement by employees in positions of trust is especially devastating, especially when it involves staggering sums of funds stolen over such an extended period of time,” County Attorney Dan Dow said in the statement. .

Jill Machado, of Machado Livestock, previously told the court that the damages were not “just financial”, but also “calculated, deliberate, spread over a long period of time and extremely impactful on our lives”.

The District Attorney’s Office of Investigations and the Arroyo Grande Police Department investigated the case, and Assistant District Attorney Michael Frye prosecuted her.

Restitution from B&D Farms is expected to be heard in October.

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Chloe Jones is a forensic and crime reporter at the San Luis Obispo Tribune. She is originally from Phoenix, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree in investigative journalism from Arizona State University. When she’s not reporting, she loves exploring the outdoors and spoiling her two rescue dogs, Camilla and Bugsy Malone.

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