Midway Embezzler Changes Plea

Former Midway employee Veronica Monay claimed innocence in jailhouse interview

A former employee of the Midway Museum who was accused of embezzling thousands from the nonprofit changed her plea on Wednesday.

Veronica Monay, 35, spent three years with the Midway Museum, employed as an accounting manager, according to a friend. Police say Monay, used her position to embezzle a large amount of money from the museum.

On Wednesday, Monay admitting stealing $111,000 in cash deposits from the organization. She pleaded guilty to grand theft and fraudulent appropriations by an employee.

In a jailhouse interview in July, Monay claimed she was innocent of the charges.

"I was shocked, just because, you know, I didn't do it, and it's surprising for me to hear that," Monay told NBCSanDiego in an exclusive jailhouse interview.

Monay said then that she left her job at the Midway Museum in March for what she described as a better job that was closer to her Eastlake home and her 10-year-old daughter. She also said she handled payrolls and ticket sales for the Midway, but at least two other workers also had access to those accounts.  

"I don't want to point fingers at anybody, but I know I didn't do it," Monay said in July.

Monay is due back in court on Sept. 24. Until then, she will continue to be held in jail pending $100,000 bail. She faces up to four years in prison.

The museum opened in June 2004 and allows visitors to tour the engine room, galley and crew sleeping quarters.

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