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Gypsy complies, in Sacramento

Christina Proctor

Margaret Venus Loeo complied with the initial requirements of her bail Thursday.

The 23-year-old Sacramento woman turned in her social security number through her lawyer to the Douglas County District Court in Minden by the 6 p.m. deadline set by Judge Michael Gibbons.

Loeo, an American Gypsy, had been in custody since her arrest in Hayward, Calif. on March 16.

Loeo pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of obtaining money by false pretenses from a person over the age of 65. Investigators believe that she and two family members took almost $250,000 from 82-year-old Anthony Brusca. Loeo bailed out of the Minden jail around 6 p.m. Wednesday after her mother raised $25,000 cash through a Gypsy network.

As conditions of her bail Judge Gibbons ordered that Loeo be under house arrest at her mother’s Sacramento home, electronic monitoring and frequent contact with a probation officer. Her trial is set for July 7. If Loeo should fail to appear the Los Angeles bond company will forfeit $250,000.

Ana Loeo, said in a phone conversation from her Sacramento home Thursday evening, that her daughter had been outfitted with an electronic monitor. Ana said that Loeo was also enjoying a reunion with four of her five children. The fifth child is in the custody of Ronnie Demetro, Loeo’s former Gypsy father-in-law.

“It took me one month to gather the money from the Gypsies,” Ana said referring to her daughter’s bail. “Everyone is telling lies about her. They’re prejudice. They like to attack the Gypsy girl.”

Deputy District Attorney Alan Buttell argued strongly against releasing Loeo presenting the court with evidence of six different known identities for Loeo. Loeo’s other two alleged accomplices, Steve and Diana Yonko, are still at large although they reportedly have contacted an attorney and sent several offers to Brusca in hopes of settling the matter. Brusca said he has received offers of $60,000 to drop the charges. He said he has ripped them up.

“That won’t even cover the capital gains taxes I owe on the stocks I sold,” Brusca said.

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