Manager of Prominent Alamo Heights Bakery Sent to Prison for Embezzlement

Orange is about to become the new black for the high fashion loving manager of the iconic BIRD Bakery in Alamo Heights, after she was sentenced to four years for embezzling $124,000 from the bakery, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Jessica Martinez, 24, pled no contest to Misapplication of Fiduciary Property and was sentenced to prison by State District Judge Stephanie Boyd.

District Attorney Joe Gonzalez says Martinez was hired by BIRD at the age of 19, and by 2016, she was the manager.

He says she used her authority to conduct 464 fraudulent transactions, stuffing the cash into her pocket. He says she used the money 'to buy designer goods for herself and gifts for her friends.'

But the bakery owners soon noticed problems, and eventually the losses forced them to scrap plans for expansion, and even to deny employees raises and bonuses.

“From the day we opened our doors at BIRD, it has been our goal to approach and operate our company as a small business - no matter how large the company becomes," BIRD owner Elizabeth Chambers Hammer said. "From day one, we have treated our employees (and guests) like family and have put significant trust in our staff, particularly senior management."

Martinez was also ordered to repay all that money.

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