Chapin-Pinotti Sentenced To Jail Time And Probation

Chapin-Pinotti Sentenced To Jail Time And Probation

Former Amador School District official Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti was sentenced today in Amador Superior Court.  Following a plea bargain with the District Attorney that saw Chapin-Pinotti plead guilty to a single felony count of conflict of interest, Judge Steve Hermanson today sentenced Chapin-Pinotti to 120 days in the county jail and five years probation.   Hermanson said he had received many letters on behalf of Chapin-Pinotti, testifying to her good character and work on behalf of children, but that the nature of her crimes completely undermined those letters.   Judge Hermanson said that Chapin-Pinotti had been entrusted with society's most precious resource, its children, and through selfishness and greed, had failed that trust.   Chapin-Pinotti does have the option of applying for alternative sentencing instead of jail time, such as home confinement or community service, to be determined by the County Probation department.   If Chapin-Pinotti fails to follow the term of her probation, she can serve up to three years in state prison.   She is now convicted of a scheme to have the School District buy books she herself had authored and had a financial interest in.   Nine other charges felony counts, including fraud, perjury and forging signatures, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.   A court date on the issues of restitution was scheduled for August 10.  It is estimated that Chapin-Pinotti entered into over $200,000 worth of fraudulent contracts.   She is to begin her jail sentence on August 7th.

 

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