A Murrieta man suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Vista Murrieta High School Golden Alliance Band Boosters, and then cooking the books to cover the alleged embezzlement, pleaded not guilty to felony charges Wednesday.
incidently, its normal in such cases for an initial plea of not guilty to be made, while the prosecution and the defendant's attorney negotiate a plea bargain.
Just keeping it updated, since there was such a hypocritical response of "OMG he is a good guy" over on the other website. I want to keep up and see what happens.
Of course, with little fanfare, here you go.
Paul Takuya Nogaki, 55, of Murrieta, pleaded guilty June 28 in an agreement with prosecutors to grand theft and falsifying records, court records show. He was sentenced to 120 days to be served in a work release program, five years’ probation and ordered to pay restitution and fines.
John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office, said prosecutors agreed to the plea primarily because Nogaki initially made a restitution payment of about $48,000 and agreed to pay $20,000 per year while on probation.