Truckee woman accused of embezzling $80,000 pleads not guilty |

Truckee woman accused of embezzling $80,000 pleads not guilty

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun
Provided to the SunDakota Leaves Steel.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; A Truckee woman accused of embezzling about $80,000 from a private Lake Tahoe construction contractor pleaded not guilty to a felony charge Tuesday morning in Placer County Superior Court.

Dakota Leaves Steel, 30, of Truckee, was arrested Monday, May 2, by Placer County Sheriffand#8217;s Office deputies relating to accusations of felony embezzlement and violation of probation, confirmed Kim Bromley, spokeswoman for PCSO, in an interview Monday.

Steel was on probation stemming from a previous embezzlement charge when the arrest was made, Bromley said. Steel is accused of incrementally siphoning funds from company accounts over a six-month period. Steel was working as a bookkeeper for the contractor since July 2010, Bromley said.

Steel remains in custody at the Tahoe City substation of Placer County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon on $105,000 bail and#8212; $80,000 relating to embezzlement, and $25,000 for violation of probation.

After her plea Tuesday, Steeland#8217;s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, according to the court calendar.

PCSO investigators believe this to be an isolated incident, but are encouraging other possible victims to contact PCSO dispatch at 530-581-6330.