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*Former Napa Police Dispatcher Dannille Vanderpool Pleads Not Guilty To Theft Of Cancer Fund Money

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* UPDATE CLICK HERE Dannille Vanderpool Former Napa Police Department Dispatcher Sentenced To 179 Days For Fraud Fund For Cancer

Former Napa Police Department dispatcher Dannille Vanderpool pleaded not guilty this afternoon in Napa County Superior Court to stealing money donated to her after she allegedly lied about having cancer.Vanderpool, 29, was remanded into custody under $50,000 bail but is expected to post bail and be released, her attorney Seth Chazin said. A preliminary hearing was set for May 28.The California Attorney General’s Office charged her Monday with 13 grand felony counts alleging she took more than $50,000 from a fund for her cancer recovery and financial support. Chazin said Wednesday she had no intention to defraud the contributors, many of them law enforcement agencies.Chazin said Vanderpool made it known in 2001 she had ovarian cancer. “Not until October 2007 did people offer money,” Chazin said Wednesday.”She continues to be cooperative and to work out a resolution,” Chazin said this afternoon after the arraignment.The complaint alleges the thefts occurred between Oct. 10, 2007, and Jan. 25, 2009. Vanderpool also is charged with one count each of forgery and identity theft.Among the contributors to the fund are the Napa Fire Fighters Association, which gave $11,711; the Napa Police Officers Association, which gave $5,800; the Women’s Auxiliary Corporation, which gave $3,100; and the Napa Deputy Sheriff’s Association, which gave $1,000, according to the criminal complaint.Donations also were made by Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Concord and Calistoga police. The complaint alleges Vanderpool took $10,000 from the trust on Oct. 26, 2007.Napa police started a criminal investigation after they received information about possible wrong doing by Vanderpool.According to the complaint form by Napa police investigator Ron Appel filed with the Napa County criminal justice system against Vanderpool,  during the calendar years 2006 through 2009Vanderpool claimed to have terminal cancer.”The City of Napa along with numerous businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations donated money, time and services and labor to Dannille Vanderpool on the belief perpetuated by Dannille Vanderpool that she had cancer,” the complaint states.”Evidence obtained through search warrants revealed that Vanderpool never had or suffered from cancer. When interviewed, Dannille Vanderpool admitted to lying about her illness while accepting donations which totaled into the tens of thousands of dollars,” the Police Department’s complaint states. Vanderpool was hired as a fulltime public safety dispatcher on Jan. 1, 2005, and left her job on Jan. 26, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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