Decision looms for Auburn woman facing elder theft charges
Arguments wrapped up Wednesday for the hearing on a motion that would dismiss charges against Auburn resident D’Arsi Champlin of stealing more than $600,000 from her mother-in-law, and a written decision is scheduled to be made Jan. 10.
D’Arsi, 48, and husband Mark Champlin, 61, are each being charged with six felony counts of grand theft of personal property totaling $487,000 and six corresponding felony counts of theft from an elder or dependent. She also faces additional felony charges of $130,000 in grand theft of personal property and receiving stolen property.
The Champlins have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Dan Roth, a Berkeley-based attorney representing D’Arsi Champlin, wrote in his papers filing the motion that the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence during the preliminary examination to warrant holding her over to face all charges.
Connie Campbell, Alameda County deputy district attorney, wrote in her response to the motion that “abundant, uncontroverted evidence” had been presented to hold her over.
The Champlins are being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
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