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$750,000 Bail For Sonora Man Accused Of Financial Elder Abuse

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Sonora, CA — A local man is facing 82 felony counts in a case filed this week by the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.

In Assistant District Attorney Eric Hovatter’s filing on Thursday against 67-year-old Thomas Rowell Ricci of Sonora was more than five dozen felonies, including three counts of first degree residential burglary and 79 counts of financial elder abuse.

According to the DA’s office, the criminal complaint alleges a financial loss of over $200,000 to a 91-year-old Tuolumne County victim involving checks written to Ricci beginning in August of 2017 up to February 14 of this year.

Judge Kevin Seibert granted a request by Assistant DA Hovatter to increase the statutory bail amount, setting Ricci’s bond at $750,000. Also filed in conjunction with the case was a felonious bail motion requiring Ricci demonstrate to a judge that any money he uses to make bail is not a result of criminal activity.