A Ripon woman charged with embezzlement and elder abuse can get of jail pending trial providing she can post $300,001 in bail that she can prove was legally obtained and not from the criminal acts she is accused of committing.
Sandra Vallerga Marchman, 53, appeared in the San Joaquin County Superior Court Wednesday answering charges that she had allegedly embezzled $148,000 between 2010 and 2014 in a Stockton house-flipping operation where she had been given check writing authority. The business is Diamond Star Enterprises.
The judge remanded her to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp after determining it was unlikely for her to be able to prove the money had not come out of the business. She reportedly wrote a total of 85 checks totaling $102,000 and made credit card charges of some $47,000.
California Penal Code Section 1275.1 – another felony – added $1 to the total bail amount designed to halt any incoming bail “that shall not be accepted unless a judge finds no portion of the consideration, pledge, deposit or indemnification paid, given, made, or promised for its execution was feloniously obtained.”
She is charged with two other felonies: theft of more than $400 from and elder and grand theft of money/labor/property.
The elderly owner of the business reported the business bank account had been wiped out while being hospitalized for a serious illness. It had also been learned that the business credit card had been maxed out and unpaid.
Marchman’s next court date has not been scheduled as of this week and she remains in county jail. Sheriff’s Detective Marcus Smith is asking for the public’s help from anyone familiar with Marchman’s involvement with Diamond Star Enterprises.