first_imgLOS ANGELES – A Quartz Hill man accused in the theft of more than $2.2 million from the Gas Company was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for grand theft and tax evasion, prosecutors said. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe also ordered Clarence B. Bonner, 53, to pay $2.2 million to the Gas Company and $176,589 to the Franchise Tax Board, prosecutors said. Bonner’s 52-year-old wife, Sharon, 52, was sentenced to 16 months in state prison and also ordered to pay the Franchise Tax Board $176,589 in back taxes. Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan of the Major Fraud Division said the Bonners had pleaded guilty to charges in September. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Clarence Bonner, a former Gas Company employee, pleaded guilty to one count each of grand theft and failing to file a state tax return. Sharon Bonner pleaded guilty to failing to file a state tax return. The Bonners were among eight people originally charged in the theft late last year. A superceding indictment naming the Bonners and five of the other six defendants was returned by the Los Angeles County grand jury in January. The eighth defendant, Robert Falcone, 53, of Rosemead, was not indicted. Falcone pleaded guilty to a grand theft count earlier this year and was placed on three years probation. Falcone on Friday was ordered to repay the Gas Company $5,000, Hanrahan said. All defendants in the case have now pleaded guilty or no contest, said Hanrahan. Some have been sentenced and others are scheduled for sentencing next month. Sentences so far have ranged from probation to state prison, and everyone has been ordered to pay restitution. The thefts occurred between Dec. 7, 1995, and Jan. 3, 2002, and involved more than 300 fraudulent invoices to the Gas Company. The payments on the invoices were to an individual, a corporation and five sham corporations. Clarence Bonner either got a split of the payment or his personal expenses were paid. His wife, a former paralegal with a local law firm, received funds from the sham corporations, authorities said. Bonner had worked for the Gas Company (Sempra Energy) as a right-of-way agent. In that capacity, he processed payments to holders of rights of way for the Gas Company. Hanrahan said Bonner was placed on leave from the Gas Company on Feb. 8, 2002, after a financial analyst noticed that his budget was overspent. He later opened a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles. The case was investigated by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the California Franchise Tax Board. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img