Mayor Jones wants the people of Grovetown to know, the city is doing all it can to protect their money. The Grovetown Mayor publically addressed the charges that were brought against Capetillo and said that she waived her right to indictment and entered a guilty plea. In December 2017, Capetillo pleaded guilty to money laundering and federal theft charges. Brooke: The city will probably never see that money again. The doctor said he met with Capetillo five times. Her financial records will have to be accessed so she will not be able to open a credit card without the approval of her probation officer.
. But I don't see us recouping very much of that money at all, 10% would be a miracle. She will serve 40 hours of community service. Rhodes prosecuted the case for the Government. A psychologist also spoke on behalf of Capetillo, saying she was chronically depressed and was not taking her medication. A lot of money that Vicky Capetillo agrees she mishandled. Capetillo was released on bond pending sentencing, which will be set after the U.
Probation Office completes a presentence investigation. We spoke to her attorney who says she ready to take responsibility for her actions. Today, she was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison. Assistant United States Attorney Patricia G. Capetillo pleaded guilty to Money Laundering and Federal Theft. Capetillo pled guilty to two felony counts, the first was theft of funds from a federal program and second was money laundering. According to the factual basis presented for her guilty plea, Capetillo worked for the City of Grovetown as the City Clerk.
He says the government was tipped off after more than 100 citizens reported their city utility checks clearing late. Vicky Capetillo will voluntarily surrender to authorities on April 30 by 2 pm. Two people spoke on her behalf, including a family friend. The city does still accept checks, but the mayor says soon it will all be done on the computer. Her duties as Clerk included the preparation of the regular bank deposits of the City. Capetillo will face a judge at 2:00 p.
A federal investigator from the department of treasury says Capetillo left a paper trail of her crimes. Capetillo was emotional in court Tuesday, apologizing to her friends and family. Investigators say she stole cash, so the city is no longer using cash. The judge presiding over the case said he has never seen this scale of theft in any other case he has worked. Instead of just one person, several people will check deposits. She also has to pay back the money she stole which is almost 900,000 dollars.
She entered into a plea agreement, stating her guilt on two federal charges, federal program theft, and money laundering. The sentencing hearing is set for Tuesday, March 27. On April 30 Capetillo will begin her 54-month sentence in federal prison. With Vicky Capetillo behind them, the city is taking steps to recover. The sentencing for the former city-clerk will be held at a later date. Corruption and embezzlement by those in positions of government trust will be met with federal prosecution and jail time. We also spoke to Mayor Gary Jones and he says now the city can finally start moving forward.
For any questions, please contact Appellate Chief R. Brian Tanner at 912 652-4422. Mayor Gary Jones: Well, I mean that is true, but we do have some insurance that will help us along with some of that. . . .
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