Chapin-Pinotti Scheduled For Sentencing Tomorrow

Chapin-Pinotti Scheduled For Sentencing Tomorrow

Former Amador Unified School District official Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti will be formally sentenced tomorrow (today).  In May of this year Chapin-Pinotti plead guilty to a single count of conflict of interest, in which as a school official she signed contracts for the purchase of textbooks that she herself had written and had a financial stake in.  As part of a plea deal, Judge Steve Hermanson is expected to sentence Chapin-Pinotti to a five-year suspended state prison sentence and order her to serve 120 days in the county jail and to pay restitution.  Nine other felony counts that were pending against the defendant including fraud, forging signatures, and perjury were dismissed.  Chapin-Pinotti entered her plea at the start of what was to be a preliminary hearing, with both School District officials and Amador Sheriff Investigators present as witnesses.  Chapin-Pinotti served for six months as Interim School District Superintendent and as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum for over ten years for the Amador Unified School District. She resigned from the Superintendent position in December of 2015 and from the School District in June of 2016, and was arrested for the textbook scheme in August of 2016.

 

Written by Craig Baracco

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