Witnesses testify in opening days of theft trial
Published - 06/23/14 - 01:03 PM | 3274 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The first witnesses testified on June 16 in the grand theft trial of a former bookkeeper for the defunct Jack’s La Jolla restaurant.

Tara Virginia Moore, 42, of Point Loma, is charged with numerous counts of grand theft, fraudulent appropriation by an employee, elder theft involving her former mother-in-law and forgery. Most of the charges involve Jack’s which closed in 2009, leaving 120 people out of work.

Moore has denied all charges and is represented by former district attorney Paul Pfingst.

Deputy District Attorney William Mitchell told jurors in his opening statement that Moore embezzled $3 million from the restaurant, which opened in 2003.

Pfingst said Moore has written receipts from the owner indicating she was loaning the restaurant money because it developed a cash flow problem. Pfingst said the money from her former mother-in-law was a loan and not theft.

Moore remains free on $400,000 bond since her September 2011 arrest.
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August 03, 2014
Any updates on this case??? I worked for Jacks when they closed - even worked her wedding at MOCA La Jolla / reception at Jacks. This July marked 5 years since the IRS stormed into Jacks, and shut it down in the middle of a sunny Thursday afternoon. There are a lot of people anxiously waiting for a resolution to this case.
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