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QUESTION: What is the status of the prosecution of Daniel Chartraw, accused of multiple financial schemes that duped people of millions of dollars? He was arrested and charged in May.
Submitted by: Sam Wiggins, San Diego
ANSWER: Former El Dorado Hills resident Daniel Chartraw was indicted by a federal grand jury in Sacramento on 18 counts of wire fraud in connection with uranium mines, oil commodities, precious metals in concentrate, dairy financing, gold refining and mining, and movie production.
He is accused of bilking investors out of $2.4 million between 2007 and 2011.
According to U.S. District Court online records, he entered a not guilty plea May 23 and is awaiting trial. His next court date, for a status conference, is Oct. 11.
According to a story in The Bee, Chartaw, 39, lost a $4.5 million judgment in El Dorado County in 2009, which remains unpaid. That case centered on a series of complicated real estate transactions.
Chartraw had a primary residence in an El Dorado Hills mansion until 2010, when he moved to Monterey County.
Subsequently, he was arrested on the Central Coast and then disappeared until he was arrested by Mexican authorities who deported him, turning him over to U.S. agents on April 20 in San Ysidro.
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