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Former El Dorado Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced For Embezzlement

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EL DORADO HILLS (AP) — A retired El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to five years in state prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the union that represents the county’s deputies.

The state attorney general’s office said Donald Atkinson also accepted a $100,000 loan from an elderly woman under false pretenses.

Atkinson, who was the union president, was ordered to repay more than $400,000 during his sentencing on Monday. He will pay $1,000 each month from his retirement account while he is in prison and on parole.

He pleaded no contest in June to elder fraud, embezzlement and perjury. Prosecutors say he falsified documents to the union for six years.

Atkinson, who is 51, also claimed he wrote checks for more than $20,000 to charities, but the charities never received the money.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)

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