Saratoga accountant allegedly broke his nose and set his office on fire to cover up $ 1 million embezzlement – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Janice Carlstrom, a 73-year-old accountant has been accused of stealing more than a million dollars from her employer and then attempting to cover up the crime by set his office on fire and stage a fake assault.
The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office said Carlstrom would be on trial for arson, robbery, workplace accident fraud and filing a false police report on Monday afternoon. If found guilty, Carlstrom faces up to 12 years and four months in prison.
“We thank the Sheriff’s Department for their thorough investigation and the firefighters for responding quickly to this potentially dangerous and destructive arson,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosen. “My office is committed to holding accountable those embezzlers who abuse their position of trust. “
Carlstrom, who lives in San Jose, allegedly set some papers and her filing cabinet on fire, broke her nose, and then tied herself up before firefighters and police arrived.
The accused, who had worked in the office of a Saratoga real estate company in Big Basin Way for decades, allegedly embezzled and stole the money from 2014 to 2019.
The investigator said she would issue checks from her employer to pay off her personal credit cards, personal home loan accounts and her son’s home loan accounts. Faced with accounting irregularities, she falsified wounds and torched her office on the morning of November 4, 2019 in order to cover up her crimes.
She told police she was accosted by unknown invaders, who attacked her, stripped her down to her underwear and blindfolded her before lighting the fire.
Evidence showed that Carlstrom herself used an accelerator to start the fire.
MPs became suspicious of the crime when they saw nothing had been taken from the scene and then documented the embezzlement. Shortly after being released from the hospital, the victim applied for workers’ compensation benefits.