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Former Vice-Mayor Of Clayton Joe Medrano Sentenced To Jail For Embezzling Charge

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A former vice-mayor of Clayton and insurance broker was sentenced to 18 months in jail and 18 months supervised probation today for embezzling from a client, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Joe Medrano was convicted in October of embezzling nearly $160,000 in insurance premiums from one of his clients, Redwood Shores-based firm Ipass. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of four years, but the judge sentenced him to three years, 18 months of which will be served in supervised probation, Wagstaffe said.

Medrano was vice-mayor of the Contra Costa County town of Clayton at the time of his conviction and running for re-election, but he resigned his seat following his conviction. Prosecutors have asked that Medrano be ordered to pay restitution, but the amount has not yet been set. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1, Wagstaffe said.

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