“Dixon Movie Studio Mogul” Carissa Carpenter Sentenced to 6½ years in Federal prison

Carissa Carpenter’s fraudulent career  was finished in a federal courtroom in Sacramento on Friday, where she was sentenced to 6½ years in prison and ordered to repay $3.6 million to investors she defrauded.
Carpenter scammed investors out of more than $5 million with claims she had Hollywood backing to build a huge movie studio project in Dixon and other communities  in Northern California.
Carpenter  asked U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to have mercy on her by sentencing her to the 14 months she already has spent in custody.
“I pray my family in heaven can help me somehow repair and mend what I’ve broken,” Carpenter said during a  20-minute monologue, “I have no one to blame but myself.”
She told investors Star Wars creator George Lucas backed her plan (Lucas claimed he  didn’t even know her), and that the multi-billion-dollar projects involved her putting in tens of millions of dollars of her own.
Eventually, she told the judge, her own dream consumed her. “It became my obsession,” she said. 
Carpenter’s court-appointed attorney, John Manning, told the court Carpenter poses no threat to society and was not likely to re-offend if she was sentenced to time already served.
“The community need not fear Ms. Carpenter,” her attorney  said, adding most of her offenses took place long ago and now at 55, she would be too old to start a new fraud.
But the prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Todd Pickles and Rosanne Rust, disagreed strongly, arguing she wrecked the lives of countless investors.
“This offense destroyed people’s lives and continued year after year,” Pickles said, “I don’t think people age out of fraud,” Pickles added. 
Rust read impact statements from eight of her victims, who wrote they had invested their life savings in her scheme, only to see her fritter away the money on personal expenses.
Sacramento resident Bill Bronston, who gave her $75,000, wrote that Carpenter is a “true sociopathic personality. … Sadly, Ms. Carpenter is a hard-wired predator with no conscience.”
After nearly 90 minutes, Judge Burrell issued his sentence, saying “the nature of her fraud has disrupted the lives of many victims.”
Besides defrauding millions from investors Carpenter was used by Dixon’s elected officials and city management  to defeat “Measure N” Dixon’s Open Government initiative that was placed in the November 2012 ballot.  
“Measure N” (not to be confused with the 2018 Measure N Sales Tax proposal) was about “Dixon citizens having the right to know in a timely manner what their government was doing and why, so their voices could be heard,” said Ourania Riddle author and proponent of the Measure,
“It is sad Dixon Voters believed Carissa Carpenter, an accused and now convicted con artist,” Riddle added.
City staff and Carpenter convinced the voters if “Measure N” passed Carpenter wouldn’t build the movie studios and “Dixon would lose 1,000 jobs and a $200 million annual “philanthropy budget” that would be doled out to local groups and medical research.” 
Voters said “NO” to Open Government and did not vote for “Measure N” but Carissa Carpenter did not build her movie studios in Dixon, instead she will be spending the next 6½ years in Federal prison.

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