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Auburn pair set to enter pleas on embezzlement charges

Mark and Darsi Champlin allegedly took $487,000 from elder
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn residents Mark and Darsi Champlin will be in court today to enter pleas for allegedly embezzling nearly a half million dollars from a Pleasanton woman in her eighties of the same last name. After being arraigned Monday, Mark Champlin, 61, is scheduled to make his second appearance today for entry of his plea and attorney appointment, while Darsi Champlin, 48, is set to be arraigned, enter a plea and proceed with attorney appointment at the Gale/Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton. They are also slated for a bail motion, said Teresa Drenick, deputy district attorney for Alameda County. Mark Champlin’s bail is set at $830,000 and Darsi Champlin’s is $765,000. They are each charged with six felony counts of grand theft of personal property totaling about $487,000 and six corresponding counts of theft from an elder or dependent adult from 2007 through 2011, according to court records. Darsi Champlin faces an additional felony count of receiving stolen property. Placer County deputies arrested the suspects on Sept. 12 before transferring them to Pleasanton two days later. The pair is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.