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Former congressional candidate sentenced

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Delecia Holt, 48, of Aliso Viejo was sentenced to 708 days in jail and ordered Thursday to pay $40,700 in restitution for defrauding Orange County hotels and stealing a Mercedes Benz from a dealership in Orange County.Holt was found guilty by a jury on Dec. 22, 2009 of seven felony counts of writing checks without sufficient funds, one felony count of grand theft and defrauding an innkeeper. Holt was also placed on five years probation.

Prosecutors presented evidence during trial that Holt bounced more than 100 checks in a 18-month period from two bank accounts.

Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche of the Major Fraud Unit presented evidence that in July 2005, Holt wrote a check for $13,000 to a Mercedes Benz dealership in Orange County. It was a down payment for a $32,000 car. The account had insufficient funds and the dealership never received monthly payments.

Between July 2007 and September 2007, Holt defrauded the Comfort Suites in Lake Forest of $5,000. Holt wrote two separate checks with insufficient funds. And in October 2007, Holt hosted a comedy night fundraiser at a Dana Point hotel for Habitat for Humanity. Holt wrote a check for $15,000 to the hotel and $2,000 to four comedians. The checking account did not have sufficient funds and the event did not raise money.

In 2005, Holt ran as a write-in candidate for the 47th Congressional District in Orange County. In 2005, Holt was a candidate for the 53rd Congressional District in San Diego.

During the trial, Holt testified deaths and illnesses in the family prevented her from covering her checks. Prosecutors pointed out Holt never mentioned any hardship during the investigation.