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Vacaville Developer Facing New Charges

Vacaville real estate developer Richard D. Lamphere, 50, facing a number of criminal charges in relation to allegations of ripping off two private investors, has had his arraignment in Solano County Superior Court postponed temporarily by Judge Wendy G. Getty.

The criminal charges include grand theft, obtaining money by false pretenses, selling unregistered securities, making false statements and omissions and the sale of a security by willful and fraudulent use of a device, scheme or artifice to defraud.

Lamphere is out on $100,000 bond from an earlier case, in which he was ordered to pay a civil judgment of close to $2 million to Ronald Nicoli, who had invested almost $1.3 million with Lamphere to buy property along the Feather River in Oroville.

The new criminal charges arise from allegations by a retired airline pilot in Minnesota who said he invested $300,000 with Richard Lamphere for the same Oroville project. When investigators reviewed his bank records, they discovered that Lamphere had spent the entirety of the pilot’s investment on personal expenses.

Read the original article in The Reporter.

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