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County Gets Partial Reimbursement for Lester Case

Thanks to the efforts of one county supervisor, Nevada County has been able to recover some money that they’ve been paying in an expensive court case. Nevada County has now spent over 600-thousand dollars in the Gold Country Lenders case, where Phillip Lester and his sister, Susan Laferte were found guilty of defrauding investors of over a million dollars. The state Attorney General’s office prosecuted the case, but Lester claimed he had no money, leaving the county to pay for his defense. Supervisor Nate Beason has successfully convinced the state to get a lot of that money back…

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Beason lobbied the governor’s office, and attended several financial meetings before the state finally okayed the money, which the county received last week. County C-E-O Rick Haffey credits Beason with being able to get the money. Beason says he doesn’t know about that…

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Beason hopes that sets a precedent for small counties. Lester and Laferte were arrested in 2012. A jury found them guilty of dozens of counts in June of last year. They are still awaiting sentencing, which is now scheduled for April.

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