A former aide to Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin pleaded no contest Thursday to charges that he stole more than $65,000 from the city, Deputy District Attorney Steven Bolen said today.Parin Shah, 39, was charged with two felonies, misappropriation of public funds and forgery in connection with the scheme, which was carried out between June 2007 and March 2008.Prosecutors found evidence that Shah, an Oakland resident, created fake invoices for payments to charitable organizations.When the city paid the invoices, the money went into PayPal accounts Shah had created under the names of the charities.The charitable organizations were not involved in the scheme and never received any of the money, according to prosecutors. Shah resigned from the city in February 2008 after the scheme was discovered, Bolen said.He is scheduled to be sentenced in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Walnut Creek on April 30. Shah has been ordered to pay back the money he stole from the city and will be placed on probation for three years. He will also have to serve a jail sentence that will be determined by the judge at his sentencing, Bolen said.The length of his jail sentence will depend, in part, on how much money Shah is able to pay back on April 30, Bolen said.
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