On Tuesday, May 1 2012, the MLPD initiated an embezzlement investigation when a victim reported that a large sum of money was discovered missing from various personal and corporate accounts that were managed by bookkeeper, Susan L. Hicks. On May 2, Susan Hicks was arrested and the follow-up investigation revealed that the suspect had at least 16 additional clients in the Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas. Hicks was booked at the Mono County Jail for Forgery, Embezzlement and Grand Theft.
Hicks was sentence on Monday, Oct. 28. Before Judge Mark Magit sentenced Hicks he allowed her to read an apology letter she had written.
“I have betrayed you and you families and take full responsibilities for what I have done,” she said. “I have brought hardships to your families and am shameful for what I have done.” Hicks went on to say “I want to change my life. I wish I could pay all of you back [the victims] but I can’t right now. I will work the rest of my life until I die to pay back the money I have taken.”
Hicks was sentenced to 172 months in prison, or 14 years. Eight years will be spent in Bridgeport, serving half time for a total of 4 years in Bridgeport. The additional 6 years will be spent on probation, once she is out of jail. Two hundred hours of community service, counseling, and no gambling were also part of her sentence. Hicks was taken into custody immediately following the sentencing.