Former San Marcos chamber CEO to be sentenced today

VISTA - Sentencing was scheduled Monday for the former head of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $62,000 from the nonprofit organization.

Joan Priest, 55, pleaded guilty last month to grand theft and forgery in exchange for a sentence of 180 to 365 days in jail, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Priest served as the chamber's chief executive officer from 2008 to mid- 2012. She was charged in June with 29 felony counts, including grand theft, check forgery and altering records.

According to court records, chamber officials noticed discrepancies in the number of memberships sold and the amount of money collected, prompting an internal investigation that led to Priest being escorted from the building and placed on administrative leave in May 2012.

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