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Fraud workshop scheduled

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors’ Education Committee will host a very informative program in conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office on April 25. Robert Leach, criminal investigator in the Real Estate Fraud Division, will address what the DA’s Office is encountering with respect to mortgage and real estate fraud in […]

Foresthill man pleads guilty to Raley’s fraud

A Foresthill man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Jason Allen Smith, 47, schemed to defraud Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced in a press release. A former contract employee, Smith conspired with Raley’s former Director of Advertising David John […]

Former EDH man faces fraud and laundering charges

A former El Dorado Hills man was indicted on charges of mail fraud and money laundering and was scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Sacramento Wednesday morning. Gregory J. Chmielewski, 43, was indicted on 24 counts of mail fraud and money laundering in Feb. 2011, but the indictment was sealed until his Oct. […]

Stracener mailer attacks Hoffman: Allegations ‘much ado about nothing’

A mailer sent out as part of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Warren “Curt” Stracener’s reelection campaign has stirred controversy over opponent Joseph Hoffman. The mailer alleges that “Joseph Hoffman may have aided Daniel Chartraw in the commission of interstate fraud.” As previously reported in the Mountain Democrat, between Jan. 1, 2007, and Nov. […]

State agency warns consumers of forged, fraudulent property deeds

Consumers urged to be proactive to guard against and repair the damage caused by scams  SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Real Estate recently issued a Consumer Alert about the growing number of scams that involve forged or fraudulent property deeds and what consumers can do to protect themselves against such fraud. The DRE is a state […]

Trio accused of $18M fraud against Thunder Valley tribe

An affidavit filed on March 20 by the IRS claims three men committed fraud against the United Auburn Indian Community, totaling $18 million. Gregory Baker, Bart Volen and Darrell Hinz are alleged to have committed crimes including money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, the affidavit, written by Special Agent Daniel M. Norton, states. […]

El Dorado Hills man accused of mortgage fraud in federal case

An El Dorado Hills man and two accomplices were indicted last week by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. Anthony Salcedo, 30, of El Dorado Hills; Sean McClendon, 45, of West Sacramento; and Anthony Williams, 44, of Carmichael; face 30 years in prison and up to $1 million […]

Suspected identity thieves busted; Shingle Springs mail reportedly involved

Two Northern California men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing mail from Shingle Springs residents and then spending more than $100,000 throughout the region. Michael Ross, 27, of Folsom, and Vyacheslav Berezenko, 23, of Sacramento, were booked earlier this week into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and identity theft after […]

Assessor warns against mailers

El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland has announced that county residents are again experiencing a rash of mailers offering to reduce property taxes for a fee. “Property owners can obtain the same tax relief without paying anyone a fee,” Weiland said. “All that is required is to contact our office.” Weiland added that the latest […]

How to avoid census fraud, scams

As census workers fan out into Northern California collecting 2010 Census information from households that did not mail back their form, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to remind people about how to avoid fraud and scams. As of May 1, the Census Bureau launched its door-knocking operation, where census takers personally visit households that didnÕt […]

Academic fraud?

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli has started an inquiry about whether global warming scientist and advocate Michael Mann falsely represented himself when he was hired by the University of Virginia from the University of Massachusetts or when he applied for government grants. Mann is the man with the hockey stick. He is prominently mentioned in […]

Crime log

June 11 8:26 a.m. Deputies contacted four people who they thought were behaving suspiciously on Highway 50 at Silver Fork. An outdoor marijuana garden was subsequently discovered and the four were arrested. 9 a.m. Mail found on Marina Park Drive in El Dorado Hills was returned to its owner. 10:04 a.m. A mailbox cluster on Blue Oak Court was […]

Crime Log: April 18-22

April 18 12:09 p.m. Deputies receive a report of a burglary to multiple storage containers and a dwelling on a remote property on South Shingle Road in Latrobe. 6:13 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to a battery call on Freedom Road in Placerville. Connie Sanford, 60, was arrested for alleged battery. 7:52 p.m. A female subject […]

DMV warns about telephone scams

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that it does not call or e-mail asking for personal information and anyone who receives such inquiries should consider them to be a scam. “DMV employees do not call customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as social security numbers, and anyone who […]

Crime Log: March 17-19

March 17 5:29 a.m. Adam Hull, 35, was arrested for an outstanding warrant on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. Firearms in his possession were booked for safekeeping. 7:06 a.m. A male and female living together with kids present had a verbal argument on Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. The argument got physical when […]

Crime Log: March 14-16

March 14 7:59 a.m. A subject was reportedly under the influence of a controlled substance on South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs. 9:46 a.m. Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills was vandalized. Food and clothing items were stolen from a utility building and a snack bar. 11:00 a.m. Petty theft on Highway 193 […]

Horoscope, Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Moon Prep Tomorrow the sky has “Fresh Start” written in large sparkling letters across it, as the total solar eclipse, the new moon and the spring equinox will occur over the course of the day. Consider this prep time. As in all preparations, think about your ideal end result (which in this case is […]

Protect against identity theft during the tax season

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris alerted Californians to the threat of tax-related identity theft and issued tips on how consumers can protect themselves during the tax filing process. Tax-related identity theft commonly occurs when thieves send phishing emails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) […]

Crime Log: Jan. 15-18

Jan. 15 9:14 a.m. A Cameron Park victim’s mail was fraudulently forwarded to an address. This case was forwarded to the U.S. Postal Inspector for follow-up. 10:25 a.m. An assault with a deadly weapon on Horseshoe Lane in Oak Hill was reported. 11:00 a.m. During an execution of an arrest warrant on Country Club Drive […]

Crime Log: Jan. 13-14

Jan. 13 5:31 a.m. A suspect allegedly delayed an investigation by refusing to follow a lawful order from a peace officer and ran across the roadway and away from deputy. The suspect was contacted on Mother Lode Drive in Diamond Springs and arrested. 8:43 a.m. A 68-year-old male victim reported the winch from his Jeep […]

Columnist seeks help letting go of the tough stuff

Unless you don’t have a soul, and I know some people like that, you probably have what can only be called feelings. While in the feelings line, I got an extra helping, which may explain why some people lack them. Anyway, I get waylaid by feelings often, including when I am confronted with stuff in […]

Crime Log: Jan. 8-12

Jan. 8 8:25 a.m. 
The door to a travel trailer on Mother Lode Drive in Diamond Springs was pried on but the door was not opened. The door jam was bent. 3:39 p.m. An intoxicated male was contacted while screaming profanities along Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Once it was determined that the […]

Crime Log: Jan. 4-6

Jan. 4 7:32 a.m. Suspect(s) forced open an outdoor caged box containing propane tanks on Ellinghouse Road in Cool. The suspect(s) took eight 5-gallon propane tanks valued at $50 each. 9:47 a.m. A deputy was dispatched to Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines for a report of graffiti vandalism. 10:12 a.m.
 Suspect(s) broke a classroom […]

Crime Log: Dec. 2

Dec. 2 7:01 a.m. 
Items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway on Fir Drive in Pollock Pines. 7:04 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to a theft report for stolen rims and tires from a vehicle on Mesa Verdes Drive in El Dorado Hills. 10:11 a.m. A check was mailed to an address […]

Crime Log: Nov 26-27

Nov. 26 8:15 a.m. A 51-year-old female victim in El Dorado Hills reported her 52-year-old ex-husband allegedly accessed her email account, changed her profile information and has possibly been using the account for fraud. 9:55 a.m. During the course of a probation search on Lakewood Drive in Pollock Pines, a female subject on probation, Jenelle […]

Crime Log: Nov. 17-19

Nov. 17 9:23 a.m. A report was made of seeing a spotlight in a field near Highway 193 in Cool and hearing shots fired. Investigations lead to the arrest of a convicted felon for allegedly possessing firearms and ammunition, and several alleged fish and game violations for poaching three deer. 10:40 a.m. Deputies were dispatched […]

Grace Foundation closes its doors indefinitely

After a three-year legal battle over sick horses and mounting debt due to their care, Grace Foundation has bolted the gates to its 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe. As recent as July things seemed to be looking up according to Grace Foundation Executive Director and founder Beth DeCaprio. After a plea […]

Malibu woman arrested on alleged movie studio scheme

A Malibu woman faces a 32-count indictment, unsealed Nov. 6, for an alleged fraud scheme of construction of a movie studio — with one of the locations in El Dorado Hills. Carissa Carpenter, 51, was arrested Nov. 5 in Venice on charges including mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to a government agent, […]

Rachel Winkler’s father takes stand in murder trial

The lover of Rachel Winkler continued his account on Tuesday morning of their affair and her fear of her husband, Todd Winkler, who stands trial for her murder.

Under cross-examination by defense attorney David Weiner, James White again relayed the version of the 1999 events …

Attorney General Harris announces settlement with Bank of America

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and state partners, recently announced a settlement with Bank of America to resolve federal and state civil claims related to Bank of America’s conduct in the packaging, securitization, marketing, sale and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities prior to Jan. 1, 2009. Nationally, the settlement […]

Run for Courage to raise funds for awareness

Run For Courage provides education in the classroom and raises awareness and funds to combat human trafficking. The organization’s fifth annual Run For Courage Race to End Human Trafficking will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Folsom. Funds generated from this event support a variety of education, awareness and restoration efforts and programs involved […]

Run For Courage co-sponsors human trafficking training at SMF

Run For Courage, Inc., a nonprofit established to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking, co-sponsored training for airline, airport and county employees on how to identify possible victims and perpetrators of human trafficking. The training, in collaboration with Sacramento International Airport, Airline Ambassadors and the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, was held on Sept. […]

Prosecution paints dark picture of Winkler

An Aug. 25 pre-trial hearing concerning a man who allegedly killed his wife in self-defense introduced evidence concerning a prior wife and her death. Although defense attorney David Weiner voiced concerns about introducing the evidence and selecting an impartial jury for the upcoming Todd Winkler trial, Judge Kenneth J. Melikian had no such concerns and […]

Greenstone residents ask Prada to resign

Angry residents showed up at Monday’s board meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District to demand that Director Greg Prada resign or be censured after Prada accused them of gaming EID’s small farm rate. Prada, who has made an issue of what he calls hobby farmers receiving the small farm water rate, wrote an editorial […]

Fire generated small city, inspired volunteers

With the Sand Fire 95 percent contained and everyone breathing a little easier, on Wednesday a tour of the incident command post at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds showed activity had already started tapering off.

Outside the building used as the incident command center, a map showed the extent of the fire.

“It was a topography-driven fire,” said Cal Fire Public Information Officer Kevin Lucero of Butte County as he traced on the map where it began and how it spread. Walking the length of the fairgrounds, he described how all the different planning and logistical units fit together to suppress the fire as well as the role other agencies and community groups played throughout the fire…

Heard over the back fence: Studio tour in El Dorado Hills

WHERE IS MY MIND? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following observation: “I’ve lost my mind . . . and I’m pretty sure the kids took it.” ART STUDIO TOUR: The 2014 Spring Art Studio Tour is scheduled for May 31 through June 1. This free, self-guided tour will feature more than 50 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, wood workers […]

Tax schemes? EDH pair indicted

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury returned a 28-count indictment against Barbara Antonucci, 49, and Sherry Taggart, 54, both residents of El Dorado Hills, charging them with conspiracy to file false claims, filing false claims and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, beginning in March 2008 and continuing […]

Crime Log: March 13-15

March 13 12:05 a.m. 
Unknown suspect(s) smashed a window to business on Green Valley Road in Cameron Park and stole items. 7:24 a.m. 
Deputies responded to a battery report on Barkley Road in Camino. The victim was contacted at Marshall Hospital receiving medical attention for his injuries. The suspect, Kirkland Visman, 27, was contacted, arrested […]

Divide Wellness Clinic closed, partially reopened

The Divide Wellness Clinic in Georgetown was shut down on Feb. 4 for reasons still unclear, but was partially reopened on Feb. 10. “On Feb. 4, The Divide Wellness Center in Georgetown was served with a search warrant by the State Department of Justice,” wrote Marshall Medical Center’s Lourdes Edralin in an e-mail to the […]

Crime Log: Jan. 6-9

Jan. 6 12:00 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to kick in a 51-year-old male victim’s front door on Portillo Court in Cameron Park. 12:55 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) broke down the front door of a residence on Aquamarine Circle in Cameron Park during the night while the occupants were home. The suspect(s) left the residence without taking […]

Grace Foundation still waiting for a resolution

The footprints of countless volunteers and ebullient voices of children are all but gone though 127 horses and more than 80 other four-legged friends still live at The Grace Foundation, a 600-acre animal rescue and equine therapy ranch off Latrobe Road. Things are hardly back to normal since the foundation briefly closed and then reopened […]

Scams use scare tactics, promise of money

“Hello, my friend. I am a Nigerian prince and I require your help. My recently deceased, rich father left millions of dollars in a bank account that requires $2,000 to unlock. If you help me with this, I will give you a percentage of the inheritance.” The “Nigerian prince” or “419” scam often begins similar […]

Getting Medicare information online

As 2014 gets under way, I wanted to give you a quick overview of the Medicare information you can now get online. The Website is and it has a wealth of information that you may find helpful. One terrific feature is the “Compare” Websites, which provide quality of care information on hospitals, nursing homes, […]

$2.1 billion mortgage settlement reached

California homeowners eligible to receive an estimated $268 million in first lien principal reductions and nearly $23 million in cash payments SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently announced a $2.1 billion multistate and federal settlement with Ocwen Financial Corporation and Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (Ocwen) over alleged mortgage servicing misconduct. The settlement […]

Billboards, signage a complex issue

Updating the county’s sign ordinance is far more complex than the public and many county officials might have imagined. Sign law is specialized, and the county has hired the San Diego firm of Sabine and Morrison to lead its staff through a forest of regulations filled with “simple” issues that represent a host of cliffs, […]

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