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Embezzlement sentencing delay for Placer campaign aide

Wire fraud guilty plea, restitution to DA, county supervisor and auditor-controller
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A U.S. District Court judge granted a request Monday for a delay in sentencing ex-campaign aide Brian Jagger on a wire-fraud charge. Jagger pleaded guilty in July to the single wire-fraud charge while agreeing to pay more than $20,000 restitution to three Placer County political campaigns he had worked for and fraudulently obtained money from last year, including the district attorney. Jagger, who also served as Supervisor Kirk Uhler’s $95,200-a-year district aide, agreed to pay full restitution back to District Attorney Scott Owens, Supervisor Kirk Uhler and Auditor Controller Kathy Martinis. His contract with the county was not renewed this year. Jagger now faces sentencing Jan. 17 before Judge William Shubb on a charge that has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Justice Department spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said Shubb granted the request for a delay from defense attorney Kyle Knapp based on a need for more time related to medical issues the defendant was dealing with and preparation of sentencing documents. Sentencing had already been delayed from mid-October, before Monday’s decision in Sacramento. The U.S. Department of Justice is prosecuting the case because of the conflict with Owens. The case had originally been investigated by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Court documents did not say what the money taken by Jagger between April 2010 and October 2010 was used for. He was arrested in December but has been free on bail since then. Owens is to receive $22,950 in compensation from Jagger. Owens said this past July that the defendant had already accepted responsibility and made efforts to pay restitution. Uhler said last month that Jagger had paid him all of the $1,654 identified as missing from his campaign account. Martinis was owed $808, according to court records.