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DeNeille Thompson pleads not guilty in local embezzlement case

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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:00 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

DeNeille Richie Thompson, 61, entered a not guilty plea against four felony charges in Lodi Superior Court on Thursday morning. Thompson is charged with conspiracy, forgery, falsification of documents and grand theft.

Thompson's wife, Cheryl Jacobson-Thompson, 53, was arrested Jan. 26 for allegedly embezzling nearly $250,000 from Tokay Glass company. The prosecution alleges the embezzlement began in 2005 and that Thompson took $43,000 during that time.

Thompson was arrested Tuesday and his wife's case was amended to add him to the charges. A request from Thompson's attorney to be released on his own recognizance was denied and his bail was set at $78,000.

During his request, attorney Lance Jacot said Thompson has appeared at court hearings for his wife and isn't a flight risk. Thompson works as an entertainer in Las Vegas and would return for his next scheduled court date, Jacot said. District Attorney Stephen Taylor countered by saying he didn't have any knowledge of full-time work for Thompson.

"He's worked two times in two years," Taylor said. "If he were employed, it would be news to us."

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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