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El Dorado Sheriff Deputy Arrested

A retired El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff, who over six years embezzled more than $300,000 from the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, has been arrested.

Donald Philip Atkinson, the former El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) president, was arrested on 44 felony counts, including embezzlement by public or private officer, grand theft, forgery and perjury.

An investigation   showed that Atkinson falsified official documents, submitted forged documents to DSA and claimed checks were written for charitable purposes but pocketed the money.

Atkinson used DSA funds to open bank accounts in his name and submitted forged documents to the DSA to justify payments made to him and his companies.

Atkinson also provided falsified records indicating that checks for more than $20,000 were written for charitable purposes, including a donation for the families of four murdered Oakland police officers. None of the named organizations and individuals received donations from either Atkinson or the DSA.

Several checks drawn from the DSA general fund and signed by Atkinson were used to pay rent for an apartment occupied by a woman with whom he was in a relationship.

The case was investigated by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office with support from the Attorney General’s Office.

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