Car­pen­ter sen­tenc­ing de­layed by dis­pute

The Sacramento Bee - - Local - BY SAM STAN­TON sstan­ton@sacbee.com

Af­ter all the ad­vance billing, the sen­tenc­ing for movie stu­dio con artist Carissa Car­pen­ter has been de­layed for at least a week.

The post­pone­ment came be­cause of dis­agree­ments over how much money she ended up bilk­ing from in­vestors dur­ing her 17-year tour of the na­tion as she talked of plans to build a multi­bil­lion dol­lar movie stu­dio project.

As­sis­tant

U.S. At­tor­neys Todd Pick­les and Rosanne Rust, who are press­ing for Car­pen­ter to re­ceive an eightyear, one-month sen­tence, ar­gue that Car­pen­ter stiffed in­vestors out of more than $4.5 mil­lion, but they said Fri­day that they were will­ing to re­duce that num­ber to about $4 mil­lion “in an abun­dance of cau­tion.”

That fig­ure wasn’t low enough for de­fense at­tor­ney John Man­ning, who wants Car­pen­ter to get a sen­tence of time served – about 14 months – and who says the gov­ern­ment has dou­ble-counted some in­vestor losses. The most Car­pen­ter got from in­vestors was $3.2 mil­lion, he ar­gued.

The fig­ures are im­por­tant be­cause, un­der the gov­ern­ment’s sen­tenc­ing guide­lines, a loss of more than $3.5 mil­lion can add 18 months to what­ever sen­tence U.S. Dis­trict Judge Gar­land E. Bur­rell Jr. hands down.

Af­ter an hour of dis­cus­sion, Bur­rell ad­journed the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing and sched­uled a hear­ing on the loss fig­ures for next Fri­day.

Carissa Car­pen­ter

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