Ex-officer’s sentencing continued | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Ex-officer’s sentencing continued

Andy Bourelle

Sentencing of a retired California Highway Patrol Officer and his wife, who have been found guilty of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim and making false statements regarding an insurance claim, has been rescheduled for Oct. 1.

Charles and Kathleen Chapman appeared Thursday before Judge Jerald Lasarow in El Dorado County Superior Court.

The time had been set for a restitution hearing, and District Attorney Paul Sutherland and defense attorney Monte Reece said they had almost agreed on a recommended restitution amount of about $26,000 or less. Lasarow has the authority to set restitution at the time of sentencing.

A jury found the Chapmans guilty in June.

The couple reportedly were paid about $50,000 from the California State Automobile Association after a fire on March 9, 1996, destroyed their mobile home at the Tahoe Verde Mobile Home Park.

After the Chapmans received the money, a woman who was in the process of buying the mobile home reportedly complained to the insurance company that the Chapmans didn’t live there. A CSAA investigation revealed the Chapmans had an owner-occupied insurance policy, meaning they had to be living at the mobile home in order to make a claim on lost property or the loss of use.

Despite the policy, the Chapmans submitted a list of lost items and were paid by CSAA for the items, the mobile home and the loss of its use.

The maximum sentence the Chapmans face is five years in state prison.

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