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Wife of ex-SRJC police officer pleads not guilty in embezzlement case

The wife of a former Santa Rosa Junior College police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to allegations that she helped her husband steal money from campus parking meters.

Karen Holzworth, 49, is charged with three counts of possession of stolen property and being an accessory.

Prosecutors allege she transported money stolen by her husband, Jeffrey Holzworth, 51. She allegedly deposited the money at banks and exchanged the currency for larger bills, prosecutors said.

She was arrested at her Santa Rosa home on Jan. 31 and is free on $45,000 bail.

Her husband, who is also free on bond, was seated in the courtroom. He is expected to be charged Wednesday with 12 felonies, including embezzlement and multiple counts of possession of stolen property.

The 28-year officer is suspected of stealing money from the parking machines he managed. The exact amount is unknown.

Both face potential jail time if convicted. They will appear in court together on Feb. 20.

Santa Rosa detectives began investigating the case last fall after a fellow officer came forward with suspicions about the meter money. He reported seeing cash and coins in Holzworth's possession.


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