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Ex assistant sheriff sentenced to 27 months

September 14, 2009 9:28:19 PM PDT
Former Orange County assistant sheriff George Jaramillo was sentenced Monday to 27 months in federal prison.In 2007, Jaramillo pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and mail fraud. He also cooperated in the Federal Government investigation of former Sheriff Mike Carona.

Jaramillo requested three years probation. He also objected to the government's suggestion that he pay damages he won in a recent wrongful termination lawsuit against the county as restitution. In that lawsuit, a judge ruled that Jaramillo was wrongfully fired by Carona back in 2004. Authorities estimate his award to be about $183,000.

Jaramillo is also opposed to paying a $50,000 fine suggested by the U.S. Probation Office, saying he is the main financial provider for seven people.

Jaramillo served a year behind bars at a private jail in 2007, after pleading no contest to charges of perjury and misuse of county resources.

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