Judge denies motion to dismiss Auburn woman's charges in $600,000 theft

D'Arsi Champlin, husband Mark allegedly stole from his elderly mother
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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D’Arsi Champlin of Auburn will be held over for trial on all counts for her alleged involvement in stealing more than $600,000 from her mother-in-law, as an Alameda County Superior Court judge denied a motion Thursday to dismiss the charges against her.

The ruling at the Hayward Hall of Justice upholds the decision of the magistrate that enough evidence of probable cause had been presented during the preliminary examination to believe D’Arsi was guilty of the charges, 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.

They are scheduled to be back in court Jan. 18 for a pretrial, and the trial is to begin Jan. 28.

The Champlins have pleaded not guilty to all charges. They are being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. D’Arsi’s bail is set at $655,000 and Mark’s is $830,000.


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