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Husband of suspect in Lodi embezzlement case arrested

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Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:05 pm | Updated: 12:25 pm, Wed Apr 13, 2011.

The husband of a woman accused of embezzling nearly $250,000 from a local company was arrested Monday and will be charged alongside her, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office said.

DeNeille R. Thompson, 61, will be charged with conspiracy, theft, forgery and falsifying the books at Tokay Glass, County District Attorney Stephen Taylor said.

"We're amending his wife's case to add him as a defendant," Taylor said.

Typically, the spouses of bookkeepers charged with embezzlement aren't included in prosecution, Taylor said, but photographs taken at a Wells Fargo bank appear to show Thompson cashing forged checks.

"I can't justify how you would pass those checks," Taylor said. "You have no relationship with the company."

Cheryl Jacobson-Thompson, 53, was arrested Jan. 26 for allegedly embezzling from Tokay Glass company. The prosecution alleges the embezzlement began in 2005.

John Soldati, the attorney representing Jacobson-Thompson, was unavailable for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Although the couple will be charged together, they will be required to have separate legal counsel to prevent a conflict of interest from taking place, Taylor said. Thompson does not have an official legal counsel at this time.

Each charge will stand on its own and the jury will be able to decide a separate verdict for each among the two defendants, Taylor said.

The two are set to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Lodi Superior Court. Both are being held on a $250,000 bond.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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