The case of Donald Atkinson was brought to a close on Aug. 29 with all the restitution and property disposal details worked out and approved by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister.
Atkinson is the former president of the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriffs Association who was convicted of three charges of felony embezzlement, felony theft from an elder or dependent adult, and perjury. On July 30, Atkinson was sentenced to five years in state prison for his crimes. He previously waived his right to appeal.
The case was jointly tried by county and state prosecutors. Presenting the final settlement to Judge Phimister for approval was Ronald Smetana, senior assistant state attorney general in the Special Crimes Unit for the California Department of Justice. He said that the total amount of restitution came to $438,348.
Of that amount, $100,000 is owed to Lise Lotte Holzer for a loan Atkinson obtained from her under false pretenses. The remaining $338,348 is owed to the Deputy Sheriffs Association.
A previous withdrawal of $56,000 in funds by Atkinson, that were later seized by prosecutors, will be split between Holzer and Atkinson’s wife, Sandra.
The court hearing finalized the return of property seized during a search warrant of Atkinson’s home. Some of the property belonged to the Deputy Sheriffs Association.
The agreement also worked out the details of how restitution payments of $1,000 per month would be deducted from Atkinson’s bank account. The money comes from retirement benefits paid into Atkinson’s account.
Smetana said it was rare to get restitution payments and they had the opportunity in this case to get something for the victims.
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