Three weeks after he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for fraud and income tax invasion, J. David (Jerry) Dominelli on Monday was transferred out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, federal authorities confirmed.
Although he ultimately will be imprisoned in the Federal Correctional Institution at Pleasanton, it could be days or even weeks before he actually checks into that facility, about 40 miles east of San Francisco.
Prison officials would not say where the founder of J. David & Co. has been taken, but it is likely that he is now part of a "pool" of federal inmates to be transferred to and from various prison sites, according to law enforcement sources.
Not even Dominelli's criminal-defense attorney, Robert Grimes, knew where his client was.
Prison authorities "used to tell us where they were sending people," Grimes said, "but recently, they no longer do--I presume for security reasons."