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Trial Date Set for La Jolla Bookkeeper Accused of Embezzling $5M

Former Jack's La Jolla bookkeeper Tara Moore is accused of embezzling from her former employer.

Jack's La Jolla. Patch file photo.
Jack's La Jolla. Patch file photo.
A June 2 trial date has been confirmed for Tara Moore, a bookkeeper for a now closed La Jolla restaurant. Moore is accused of stealing more than $5 million from her employer, former mother-in-law and others. 

Moore's alleged $3 million fraud against Jack's came to light when the restaurant's owner, Bill Berkley, hired a forensic accountant to examine the eatery's financial records dating back to 2003, according to a statement from prosecutor Bill Mitchell in 2012.  

Moore worked for the Girard Avenue restaurant for about four years, beginning in 2005. The business closed in August 2009 and more than 100 employees lost their jobs, Mitchell said.   

If convicted in that case, she could face up to 20 years in prison.   

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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