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Construction controller to trial for embezzlement
August 31, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Lili Clay

The Redwood City construction company controller who literally fled the office when confronted about $350,000 in missing funds is headed straight to trial after waiving a preliminary hearing on the evidence.

Lili Clay, 50, opted against the hearing at a review conference and will enter a Superior Court plea Sept. 13 to charges of felony embezzlement and grand theft and the allegation of excessive taking. She may also set a jury trial date at that time.

Clay, of Mountain View, worked for Lencioni Construction and between January 2011 and August 2012 and prosecutors say she wrote herself $350,000 in company checks under the guise of reimbursements.

When the owners discovered the discrepancies, they confronted her in the Redwood City office on Aug. 8. After she ran from the site, they reportedly gave chase but were unable to grab her before she reached her vehicle. Weeks later authorities apprehended her in Exeter, Calif., which is near Visalia.

She remains in custody in lieu of $350,000 bail.

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