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Former El Dorado Hills woman sentenced for defrauding her employer

Former El Dorado Hills woman sentenced for defrauding her employer

SACRAMENTO — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Shalena P. Leggett, 37, formerly of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 14 months in prison for embezzlement.

According to court documents, on June 21, 2011, Leggett pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud for embezzling more than $450,000 from her employer, a Sacramento-based real estate firm. The activity took place over a 19-month span in 2008 and 2009. To hide the fraud, Leggett made false entries in her employer’s business books.

In sentencing Leggett, Judge Karlton said that the scope of Leggett’s criminal enterprise led him to conclude that a prison term was necessary. He rejected a motion by Leggett that she be granted home confinement and electronic monitoring instead of prison.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Credit Card Scams on the Rise

Credit Card Scams on the Rise

There seems to always be another scam to watch out for these days, some are new and some are just rehashed versions of past scams. The Sheriff’s Office has received several calls recently regarding a credit card scam in our area.

According to victims, this is how the transaction occurs. Your phone will ring and if you have caller id a 1-888 number will appear. The caller will offer a low fixed rate interest on a credit card or credit card consolidation. The caller will then ask for credit card numbers, expiration dates, social security numbers, mother’s maiden name and other verification passwords.

Once the caller has obtained the information they will tell you they need to process the information and will call you back. In addition there will be a one time financial fee which will vary in amount.

Dugard sues feds over failure to monitor abductor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jaycee Dugard is suing the federal government for failing to monitor the convicted sex offender who kidnapped her and held her captive for 18 years.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday says the failures by federal parole officers in the handling of Phillip Garrido's case are as "outrageous and inexcusable as they are numerous."

READ: Complaint for damages

Garrido was on parole when he kidnapped Dugard in 1991. He fathered her two children while holding her captive. Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are in prison after pleading guilty in Dugard's case.

VIDEO: Tylar Witt talks to '20/20'

ABC's "20/20" airs an exclusive interview Friday night with convicted teen Tylar Witt who had her then-boyfriend kill her mother in their El Dorado Hills home.  Check out a short preview of the interview.

TODAY AT 5 P.M. & 6 P.M.: Tylar Witt tells all in exclusive interview

VERDICT: Stephen Colver found guilty

MORE: Articles on the Colver, Witt Trial


EL DORADO COUNTY - The 14-year-old girl at the center of true Romeo and Juliet story is speaking out.

Tylar Witt, who was convicted of conspiring to murder her mother, with the help with her boyfriend, Steven Colver, told ABC News she wanted to talk.

Why and what she said we can't divulge yet, but excerpts of the 20/20 interview will be played on News10 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. today.

Despite fines, illegal gold mining persists in El Dorado County

By: Susanne Rust

PLACERVILLE, CA - Despite notices from the state and at least $100,000 in fines so far, a small team of outlaw miners is continuing to illegally excavate an abandoned gold mine near Placerville in El Dorado County.

"Not only did they not adhere to the original violations cited against them," said Stephen Testa, executive officer of the State Mining and Geology Board, "but they have expanded their operations."

The team includes Joseph and Yvette Hardesty of Elk Grove. The couple owns a company called Hardesty Sand and Gravel.

It also includes Richard Churches. Information about Churches was not readily available.

The Hardestys did not return calls for comment, and Churches could not be located.

According to Testa, the team has returned certified letters and notices of violation to the state unopened and ignored fines levied by the State Mining and Geology Board. And the mining at Big Cut Mine continues.