Arroyo Grande woman ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution

June 28, 2022

Ginger Mankins

By KAREN VELIE

A 57-year-old bookkeeper from Arroyo Grande was ordered on Monday to pay restitution of $1,304,524 to Rick Machado Livestock. Late last year, Ginger Lee Mankins was sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzlement.

Mankins stole more than $4 million from Rick Machado Livestock and B&D Farms. Initially charged with 15 felony counts, Mankins pleaded guilty to six counts and admitted that her theft exceeded $500,000.

Mankins embezzled $3,440,205 between May 2007 and Jan. 2018 from Machado Livestock and caused further losses to the business in the amount of $811,317. At the restitution hearing, evidence was also presented that Mankins and her husband repaid $2,947,000, leaving $1,304,524 owed to Machado Livestock.

Restitution was not ordered for the second victim of embezzlement, B&D Farms, as a final accounting has yet to be completed. A hearing to determine losses suffered by B&D Farms is scheduled for Oct. 5.

The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations with the aid of the Arroyo Grande Police Department and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael Frye.

“Embezzlement committed by employees in positions of trust are especially devastating, particularly when it involves staggering amounts of stolen funds over such an extended period of time,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “This ten-year prison sentence and order to repay more than $1,300,000 of stolen funds affirms that those who steal from our business community will face aggressive prosecution in San Luis Obispo County.”


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Jorge Estrada

Next will be to refund taxpayers for the money spent paying agriculture families to not farm their dry and poor soil hillsides. This will be a difficult because there are too many slopping up your money to preserve this as marketed “conservation way of life”.


mkaney

The numbers are shocking. Unfortunately, the conservation subsidies don’t appear to be available by name. But check out the list by name of other subsidies for just a single zip code (93401) :


https://farm.ewg.org/addrsearch.php?search_input_text=93401


Jorge Estrada

Wow, check out 93453. Free money for the potbelly cowboys. When you pay a 1000K for a house today, why is the home owners exemption still at 7K, as it was when homes cost 20K? What we need to do is drive pickup trucks, wear cowboy hats and maybe we too will get some of that free money?