Friday Oct 26 2012
Auburn couple in elder-theft case plead not guilty
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
Trial for Mark, D’Arsi Champlin set to start next month
An Auburn married couple charged with embezzling nearly a half million dollars from the man’s elderly mother both pled not guilty to a total of 13 felony counts on Friday at the Hayward Hall of Justice, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office. Mark Champlin, 61, and D’Arsi Champlin, 48, are facing six felony counts of grand theft of personal property totaling about $487,000 and six corresponding felony counts of theft from an elder or dependent. D’Arsi Champlin also faces an additional felony charge of receiving stolen property. The arraignment came after the judge previously ruled enough evidence had been presented during the preliminary examination to hold them over for trial on all counts. The alleged theft occurred from 2007 to 2011, according to court documents. A pretrial is set for Oct. 31 and trial before jury is slated to begin Dec. 10 at the Hayward Hall of Justice. As of Friday, they were listed as being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Placer County deputies arrested the Champlins on an out-of-county warrant on Sept. 12 before transferring them to Pleasanton, where Mark’s 86-year-old mother resides, two days later. They are being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Connie Campbell from the Alameda County District Attorney’s real estate fraud unit is handling prosecution of the case.