Feb. 26, 2013
Monica Lara, OVN correspondent
The preliminary hearing has been postponed for Ojai’s Amber Workman, 37, who was charged last year for allegedly embezzling $35,000 from the Ojai Eagles Youth Football League.
At a meeting Tuesday at the Ventura County Superior Court, counsels agreed to reschedule the pretrial examination to April 9.
The preliminary hearing will be the last hurdle before the case can be cleared to go to trial. The prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Tom Steele, will have to establish whether the crime was committed and if there is probable cause to believe Workman committed the crime. Steele could not be reached for comment.
Workman allegedly embezzled up to $49,000 when she was treasurer of the Ojai Eagles nonprofit organization January 2007 to December 2009.
She has been charged with grand theft, a felony offense with a possible punishment of 16 months to three years in jail, according to defense attorney Richard Hanawalt.
Workman pleaded not guilty of the alleged crime at her arraignment in November last year.