Chapin-Pinotti To Pay Almost $200.000.00

Chapin-Pinotti To Pay Almost $200.000.00

Former School District Official Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti will be required to pay almost $200,000 in restitution to her former employer following a court hearing on Thursday morning.   Judge Steven Hermensen sentenced Chapin-Pinotti to pay $197,000 in restitution in Amador Superior Court.   $1,800 will be paid to the County Office of Education and the balance to the Amador County Unified School District.  Last month, as part of a plea bargain, Chapin-Pinotti plead guilty to a single count of conflict of interest in which she arranged for the School District to buy textbooks she herself had written and financially benefited from.  Chapin-Pinoti's attorney did not contest the amount of restitution and Chapin-Pinotti waved her right to a jury trial to determine the amount of restitution.   As part of that plea bargain Chapin-Pinoti was sentenced to 120 days in County jail scheduled to begin Monday, but she arrived in court today in civilian clothes and on her own recognizance.   According to the Amador County Probation department, Chapin-Pinotti has received alternative sentencing in which she must wear a GPS monitoring device and have restricted movements for the 120 day length of her sentence instead of time in the county jail.  Today's hearing largely concludes the case against Chapin-Pinoti, who was arrested in the textbook scheme last August.  She had been interim School Superintendent and before that Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum with the Amador Unified School District.

 

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