Cambria embezzler headed to prison

Elizabeth Edith Shaw

A Cambria woman accused of embezzling more than $1 million from a Winsor Construction pleaded guilty Wednesday to 26 felony charges. She is facing up to 10 years in prison.

According to the plea agreement, the judge can sentence Elizabeth Edith Shaw, 69, up to 13 years in prison. She is slated to serve between seven and 10 years actual prison time. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the full 10 years.

Between 2005 and 2016, Shaw embezzled more than $1 million from Windsor Construction while working as the company’s bookkeeper. She said she used the money to pay her mortgage and other bills.

In May, a judge granted a request by defense attorney Jay Peterson to allow Shaw to leave jail temporarily to sell personal assets to help repay her victims. Shaw returned a few weeks later to the SLO County Jail.

Shaw is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 16.