|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2018|
Case # 18NM18171
FORMER FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CHARGED WITH
PETTY THEFT FOR STEALING ELECTION SIGNS
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Fullerton City Council candidate was charged today with petty theft for stealing election signs.
Defendant: Paulette Marshall Chaffee, 69, Fullerton
Charged today, Dec. 7, 2018, with the following:
Two misdemeanor counts of petty theft
Maximum Sentence: One year in Orange County Jail
Arraignment set for Dec. 18, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. at Department N-8, North Justice Center, Fullerton
Circumstances of the Case
At the time of the crime, Chaffee was a candidate for a seat on the Fullerton City Council.On Oct. 2, 2018, the defendant is accused of stealing election signs that stated, “No Paulette Carpetbagger.”
Chaffee is accused of taking a sign purchased by the victim from the front of his business in Fullerton. The defendant is further accused of taking a sign from the Union Pacific bridge in Fullerton.
Fullerton Police Department took the initial report and the Orange County District Attorney’s office investigated this case. The defendant was identified through surveillance video.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Denise Hernandez, Special Prosecutions Unit.