dog-holding-gavel.jpgA University of California at San Francisco employee accused of embezzling more than $17,000 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to grand theft and forgery charges, prosecutors said.

Former UCSF Campus Finance Manager Dulce Tattiana Reyes has been charged with one felony count of grand theft by an employee and sixteen felony counts of forgery for forging documents in support of fraudulent reimbursements exceeding $17,000.

The 30-year-old allegedly falsified 34 separate expense reimbursements, writing off everything from travel and phone bills to dog care services, in the process defrauding UCSF out of finances designated specifically for transplant patients, according to a press release sent by the SF District Attorney’s office.

Reyes was a campus finance manager for UCSF Medical Center’s division of transplant, which deals with transplant surgery patients, according to the district attorney’s office.

Reyes was responsible for all financial transactions with the department.

“UCSF is a publicly funded hospital that benefits the well-being of San Franciscans,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement.

“Rest assured that we will hold accountable those individuals who try to cheat hardworking taxpayers.”

Reyes pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one felony grand theft charge as well as 16 felony counts of forgery, district attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said.

She was released after posting $100,000 bail and will return to court on June 28 for a pre-hearing conference, Bastian said today.

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