Former Virgin America employee sentenced to jail for embezzlement

REDWOOD CITY (BCN) — A former revenue analyst for Virgin America at San Francisco International Airport was sentenced to a year in jail on Friday for stealing more than $200,000 from the company in 2012 and 2013, prosecutors said Monday.

DeSonia Crossley, 43, of Pacifica, cried during her sentencing hearing and asked for leniency from Judge Leland Davis. But the judge sentenced Crossley to a year in jail, the maximum sentence according to her plea agreement, as well as five years of probation, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

During her probationary period, she must have no employment with financial responsibility and must pay $195,316.15 in restitution to Virgin America, prosecutors said.

Crossley pleaded no contest to embezzlement in December. An employee of Virgin America since 2010, she came to the attention of her employer in August 2013 when she went on vacation and another analyst noticed numerous refunds were made to the same credit card, according to prosecutors.

When the company performed an audit, it determined she had taken $224,750 through 108 fraudulent refunds.

Crossley was remanded into custody immediately to begin serving her jail sentence. She has been out of jail on her own recognizance and has only one day credit for time served, prosecutors said.

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