More charges possible in Wallace fraud case
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — An El Dorado County court will be reviewing additional charges against Michael Wallace in a fraud case related to government construction contracts involving Sierra-Tahoe Ready Mix Inc.
El Dorado County Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury ruled to continue the matter until June 19, agreeing with the defense attorney’s arguments that she needed more time to review the motion before presenting an argument against it. The prosecution reportedly filed the amendment to the complaint with the court Thursday.
The prosecution is considering adding as many as eight charges to its current complaint.
The defense said in court that it expected a possible misdemeanor charge plea offer.
The decision to add the charges came after the prosecution reportedly discovered additional apparent misconduct.
As previously reported by the Tribune, Wallace faces at least three counts of fraud related to government contracts. The complaint alleges that Wallace “unlawfully and with intent to defraud” presented a “false and fraudulent claim” for payment related to certain construction projects.
Wallace allegedly changed a date on a concrete mix design last year, according to the October Tribune article.
The projects listed on the criminal complaint include the Sierra Tract Waterline Replacement project, Angora Creek Sewer Location project and Pioneer Trail Pedestrian Improvement Project.
Wallace previously denied any fraudulent actions and added that inspections are constantly performed on his materials and that he’s never had a bad result.
STPUD General Manager Richard Solbrig told the Tribune in October that the risk of damage or danger on two projects was low.
The issue first came to light in March 2014 via a public statement from the City of South Lake Tahoe.
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