Monday Jan 16 2012
Embezzlement sentencing delayed again for Placer campaign aide
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Heavy workload blamed for second delay in hearing of former Placer County aide Brian Jagger
AUBURN CA - Workload demands in U.S. District Court have pushed a former Placer County campaign aide’s sentencing on a wire-fraud charge related to missing election funds back to late February. Brian Jagger was to be sentenced Feb. 17 in Sacramento on the single wire-fraud charge he pleaded guilty to last summer. But Judge William Shubb has agreed with the U.S. Probation Office to delay sentencing because of workload demands. Jagger pleaded guilty in a plea agreement that included his pledge to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to three Placer County political campaigns he had worked for in 2010 and fraudulently obtained money from. The charge Jagger pleaded guilty to has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Jagger’s sentencing had previously been scheduled for mid-October but put off because of medical issues related to the defendant. More time needed to prepare sentencing documents was also stated in court records as a reason for the previous delay. The new time frame will lead to sentencing Feb. 21 in an Eastern District of California Sacramento courtroom. Jagger, who also served as Supervisor Kirk Uhler’s $95,200-a-year district aide, agreed to pay full restitution of $22,950 to District Attorney Scott Owens, Uhler and Auditor Controller Kathy Martinis. His contract with Uhler was not renewed at the beginning of last year, days after charges were filed. Owens initially reported the missing funds to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. The local office turned the information over to the Department of Justice for prosecution to avoid any potential perception of conflict of interest in the case. Owens reported $22,950 missing, while $1,654 went missing from Uhler’s campaign account, according to court records. Martinis was owed $808, according to the same court filing.