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Hearing on Auburn woman’s elder theft charges continued

No ruling reached on whether to dismiss counts against Champlin
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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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 has been continued until Dec. 26, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.

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.

D’Arsi’s attorney had been in the process of arguing for the motion when the decision to adjourn for the day had been made, said Connie Campbell, deputy district attorney.

“There were a lot of matters on the calendar today,” Campbell said.

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.

Roth said in the motion all the prosecution accomplished was to establish that Mark and D’Arsi were married for a majority of the time the theft had occurred, not that she had participated or known about it at the time.

Campbell, the prosecuting attorney, wrote in her response to the motion that “abundant, uncontroverted evidence” had been presented to support D’Arsi being held to answer on all charges.

She wrote that D’Arsi had been a “very financially saavy” person with a business and banking background and knew that they had not been adjusting their spending despite Mark filing for bankruptcy.

The Champlins are being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

 

Jon Schultz can be reached at jons@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jon_AJNews