Santa Ynez Woman Charged With Grand Theft
updated: Dec 31, 2013, 7:00 PM
Source: Santa Barbara District Attorney
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced today that on December 30, 2013, Gina
Vrastil, age 50, pled to 16 Felony Counts in connection with defrauding two local property management
companies. Vrastil, of Santa Ynez, was charged with felony theft from an elder, felony perjury, and multiple
counts of felony grand theft by embezzlement, forgery of checks, and preparing false documentary
An investigation conducted with the collaborative efforts of the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office and District
Attorney Investigator Chris Clement revealed that Vrastil embezzled approximately $45,000.00 from MGF
Enterprises and MGF Property Management, Inc. of Solvang. Using her position as an Administrative
Assistant with access to the companies' checkbooks and accounting program, Vrastil began writing herself
unauthorized checks in August of 2011, then made false entries into the company books to hide those
thefts. The crimes continued until July 2012 when they were discovered by the companies and reported to
the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office.
There was no plea bargain between Vrastil and the District Attorney's Office in connection with her plea.
Sentencing is set for March 3, 2014 in Department 7 of the Santa Barbara Superior Court in Santa Maria.
Vrastil faces up to a maximum of 9 years 8 months in State Prison.
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