ANAHEIM, Calif. — A bookkeeper who admitted embezzling more than $1.4 million from a pair of Southern California law firms has been ordered to serve five years of probation.

Shawna Renee Barretto was sentenced Monday to a year in jail, but was given credit for more than that time already served. She was also ordered to pay restitution.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty last year to more than 50 felonies, including those for computer-access fraud and falsifying records.

The Orange County Register reports the embezzlements occurred from 2005 to 2012. Officials say she made payments to her personal credit cards and opened credit card accounts under the names of the law firms she was working for.

Barretto used the money for personal expenses, including private school tuition for her children and membership at a golf club.

Information from: The Orange County Register,

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