Petaluma Resident Nabbed After Stealing From Her Child's College Fund

Also took out a loan in her step-daughter's name, then went shopping with the cash


Wow. The nerve.

A 43-year-old Petaluma woman was arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing $30,000 from her step-daughter’s college fund.

According to police, Kendall Joaquim allegedly stole an inheritance check intended for her step daughter’s education, then cashed it and spent it on her own purchases.

The theft was discovered after Joaquim’s estranged husband began to scrutinize his bank accounts and noticed unauthorized withdrawls. Kendall also allegedly took money out of the victim's retirement account and obtained a college school loan for almost $30,000 in the victim's name without his knowledge.

She was arrested at her Petaluma home Wednesday and has been charged with three counts of grand theft, ID theft, forgery and using a Computer to commit a theft. 

Michael D. Levine November 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Sounds like this 43 year old is about to get her own expensive education, dorm room included...
Andrea Axelsen November 23, 2012 at 08:47 PM
That's just heinous....stealing from her own family, the CHILDREN's college fund - to shop! Hope it was worth it. May she always think of that "fun" experience while shopping in the prison commissary!
Randi November 26, 2012 at 07:21 PM
You don't know this woman... I do! This article is trying to bring in readers by selling a story of a poor widow and his children. First hand knowledge, ITS WRONG. The husband has lied and manipulated the legal system. It's sad that readers are so eager to comment on what they THINK is the truth. Just like you, the person writing this article has not known this family for the last six years.
David Webb December 02, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Randi... Sadly you know Kendall, as do I and many others. Among those who know her, YOU are in the MINORITY. Those who heard of the crimes that she was accused of were not in disbelief of her character. The majority of us heard the accusations and weren't surprised. Why? This is simply an escalation of her well-established shady personal and professional character. Those who KNOW her weren't surprised that she did it...they were surprised she STOLE money from CHILDREN. Their DYING mother made sure her kids could go to college...KENDALL stole that money. I'm taking note of everyone who is siding with her and I'll be sending you all a blanket letter when she is convicted. Facts: she stole money from her step daughter, forged multiple documents, committed identity theft, perjury and the list goes on. The evidence is overwhelming. Follow this story, you will see that everything I'm saying is true. It's time for her to take responsibility for her actions.


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