Prosecutors: Ex-SRJC police officer took $287,000

A former Santa Rosa Junior College police officer who managed campus parking meters pocketed nearly $300,000 in coins and small bills over an eight-year period, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The total was released as Jeffrey Holzworth, 51, was arraigned on 12 felony counts, including embezzlement and possession of stolen property.

Holzworth, who has been free on bail, postponed entering a plea to give his lawyer, Joe Passalacqua, time to go over the charges.

Holzworth and his wife, Karen, 49, who is charged with being an accessory, were ordered back to court Feb. 20 to either admit or deny the allegations.

Outside court Wednesday, prosecutor Amy Ariyoshi said detectives had tabulated the total loss at $287,911. The thefts, which allegedly took place from January 2005 to November 2012, consisted of coins and bills in small denominations, she said.

"It was all change and whatever currency the machines took," she said.

Little or none of the money was recovered, she said.

The Holzworths were suspected of spending it on living expenses and on at least one trip to Las Vegas.

The 28-year officer is suspected of taking the money while supervising campus parking meters. His wife is accused of transporting it to banks and exchanging it for larger bills, prosecutors said.

If convicted, Jeffrey Holzworth faces more than 10 years in state prison. Karen Holzworth could receive county jail time.

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