FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 18NM18171

December 7, 2018

FORMER FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CHARGED WITH PETTY THEFT FOR STEALING ELECTION SIGNS

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Fullerton City Council candidate was charged today with petty theft for stealing election signs.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Paulette Marshall Chaffee, 69, Fullerton

Charged today, Dec. 7, 2018, with the following:

  • Two misdemeanor counts of petty theft

One year in Orange County Jail

Arraignment

Dec. 18, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

Department N-8, North Justice Center, Fullerton

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, Chaffee was a candidate for a seat on the Fullerton City Council.
  • On Oct. 2, 2018, the defendant is accused of stealing election signs that stated, “No Paulette Carpetbagger.”
  • Chaffee is accused of taking a sign purchased by the victim from the front of his business in Fullerton. The defendant is further accused of taking a sign from the Union Pacific bridge in Fullerton.
  • Fullerton Police Department took the initial report and the Orange County District Attorney’s office investigated this case. The defendant was identified through surveillance video.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Denise Hernandez, Special Prosecutions Unit

 



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