Sacto 9-1-1
October 24, 2011
Grand jury adds charges to those facing Placerville mayor

Machado.JPGBy Cathy Locke

An indictment unsealed this morning in El Dorado Superior Court adds one new felony conspiracy charge and two misdemeanor charges to those facing former Placerville Mayor David Machado.

Machado now faces a total of three felony and two misdemeanor counts stemming from in the political scandal over an alleged cover-up of his property dealings in Placerville.

Authorities allege that he concealed his involvement with the property by transferring title back and forth between himself and his son and that he had work performed without city permits on two properties he owned in the city.

Machado, 53, was arrested in August for investigation of felony perjury and conspiracy after the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office filed a criminal complaint accusing him of 30 "overt acts" of misconduct.

He entered no plea this morning at the arraignment, which was continued until Nov. 28. His attorney, James S. Clark, said he requested the continuance after having requested documents from the District Attorney in August but has not received any of the requested documents.

Machado's bail was raised by $20,000 to $50,000. Machado has a week to either post the extra bail or to surrender to authorities.

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