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California Briefing / Santa Ana

Ex-O.C. official is told to surrender

September 30, 2009|Tami Abdollah

U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford ordered former Orange County Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons in 45 days and to pay a $50,000 fine for scheming to defraud the public of honest services and filing a false tax return.

Jaramillo pleaded guilty in March 2007 to honest services mail fraud and filing a false tax return. He agreed to cooperate with the government in its investigation of then-Sheriff Michael S. Carona. Jaramillo was sentenced two weeks ago to 27 months in prison.

Carona appointed Jaramillo as assistant sheriff in 1999 and fired him in March 2004 after rumors spread that a federal investigation of the Sheriff's Department was underway. Jaramillo said he was wrongly fired after telling Corona he had misused county property, including automobiles and helicopters, for sexual liaisons.

Carona was convicted in January of felony witness tampering and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. That case is being appealed.

-- Tami Abdollah

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