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Accused mail thief pleads guilty

SACRAMENTO, CA - A North Highlands man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing mail in El Dorado County on two occasions, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, reports.

Steven Joseph Rohner, 55, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a $500,000 fine, plus restitution when he is sentenced Oct. 30, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood.

Court documents alleged Rohner stole more than $14,278 in the thefts. He was charged with breaking into a mail truck and taking bags of mail destined for El  Dorado, Diamond Springs and Shingle Springs post offices on Dec. 3, 2011. Three months later, on March 26, Rohner was accused of burglarizing a U.S. Post Office in Rescue and stealing mail from mail bags.










Former Placerville mayor pleads guilty to conspiracy, perjury

PLACERVILLE, CA - Former Placerville mayor pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and conflict of interest allegations Friday.

David Machado was arrested in August 2011 on allegations of perjury and suspicion in connection to property he bought in Placerville's redevelopment zone while in office.

Machado pled guilty to three charges:

  • Felony conspiracy to obstruct justice and the due administration of laws
  • Conspiracy to destroy or conceal evidence and delaying/obstructing a public officer
  • Public official using his official position to influence a government decision which the defendant knew he had a financial interest

Machado Allocution Statement:

Were you a victim of a timeshare scam?

PLACER COUNTY, CA -Detectives are looking for people who were scammed in a Craigslist real estate scheme.

William Frank Lordier, 54, of Meadow Vista, is accused of selling timeshares on Craigslist and using victims' bank account information to steal from the accounts, Placer County sheriff's spokesperson Dena Erwin said.

Detectives found multiple victims in Los Angeles, Neveada County, Oregon and Washington.

Erwin said Lordier was arrested earlier in the week.

Anyone who believes they were victimized in the scam is urged to call the Placer County Sheriff's Department at (530) 889-7844.

Ex-deputy makes plea deal in fraud, theft case

PLACERVILLE, CA - The former president of the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff's Association has pleaded no contest to embezzlement, elder fraud, perjury and white collar crime charges.

Donald Atkinson will also be sentenced to five years in state prison and must pay $438,348 in restitution, according to the plea agreement reacher with the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.

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Placerville principal's killer sentenced 50 to life

PLACERVILLE, CA - A Placerville school maintenance worker found guilty of fatally shooting his school's principal last year has been sentenced 50 years to life in prison.

In April, an El Dorado County Superior Court jury convicted John Luebbers of the first degree murder of Sam LaCara on Feb. 2, 2011. LaCara was principal of Louisiana Schnell Elementary School.

Luebbers shot LaCara in his school office after an employment-related dispute.

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