By Stephanie Boulos
SACRAMENTO, CA – Maybe it’s because he’s into watches, but defendant George Tinga Tabi wasted no time late last week in Sacramento County Superior Court pleading guilty at his arraignment to receiving stolen property—counterfeit Rolex watches.
Judge Geoffrey A. Goodman began the defendant’s arraignment by detailing his charge of possessing or selling counterfeit articles in the amount of $1,000 or more.
Judge Goodman then proceeded to joke with the court about the unique code for the case, noting “this is a code section we see every day in this court. I am just joking. I have never seen this code before.”
Assistant Public Defender Trisha Campi said that she and the deputy district attorney have reached an agreement to resolve this case. The defendant was pleading to a felony violation of accessory after the fact, with a sentence of two years’ felony probation, with 30 days sheriff’s work alternative.
Additionally, the defendant must pay $8,900 to Rolex in restitution and another $5,000 in investigative costs to the California Department of Justice Task Force, along with whatever else is a part of his terms of probation.
There is also an agreement to reduce this matter after one year to a misdemeanor after restitution has been paid, which would take him off of probation.
DDA Randy Mailman briefly explained the facts of the case, where the defendant on Aug. 5, 2019, received stolen property.
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