Riverside County foster care director admits embezzling $450,000 intended for children

RIVERSIDE, California — Riverside County prosecutors say a woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $450,000 intended for foster children at an agency where she was director.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1kFSWUY ) reports Thursday that 40-year-old Vivian Lieska Benn was ordered to repay the funds that according to court records she stole to pay for her mortgage, a cruise and trips to New York and Las Vegas.
District attorney's spokesman John Hall says Benn, who owned the Family Hope Foster Family Agency in Riverside, admitted to two counts of embezzlement by a public official and was sentenced to three years, four months in prison.
She'd been charged in August with six felony counts, but avoided more prison time with a plea agreement.
Benn's attorney Joel Renk says she intends to challenge the amount of restitution.