Former Los Gatos Convent Employee to Be Sentenced For Fraud


By Sheila Sanchez

April 1, 2013

A former lay employee of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Convent in Los Gatos’ sentencing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 11 at the federal court building on South First Street in downtown San Jose.

The official pronouncement of the punishment against Linda Gomez, 67, originally scheduled for March 28, got postponed two weeks by U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen.

Gomez, also known as Linda Surrett, pleaded guilty in October of 2012 to 17 counts of fraud after admitting having embezzled $100,000 from the religious order. A 2011 grand jury indictment included 14 counts of wire fraud and three counts of mail fraud against her.

The maximum statutory penalty for wire and mail fraud is 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, plus restitution, said U.S. Attorney Joseph Fazioli.

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