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Former childcare bookkeeper sentenced for embezzlement

STANFORD -- A former bookkeeper was sentenced to four months in county jail and three years' probation April 13 for embezzling more than $18,000 from a childcare center, on the Stanford University campus.

Tammy Shipp was arrested last September after the director of the Stanford Arboretum children's center discovered checks that Shipp had made payable to herself out of the center's reserve bank account. Shipp had been fired the previous month for poor work performance.

Shipp's $15,000 bail was returned to the center as restitution. She is required to pay back the remaining $3,281 as part of her probation.

The center, a nonprofit corporation independent of the university, provides care for about 135 infants, toddlers and preschoolers whose parents are employees and students at Stanford, Stanford University Hospital and the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital.



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