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By Jeff Pack
Special to the Village News 

Ciling hopes full acquittal will clear his name

Jury found Temecula businessman not guilty of more than two dozen fraud and theft charges

 

Last updated 8/6/2018 at 6:18pm

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Sammy Ciling stands in the backyard of his De Luz home on July 23. The businessman was recently found not guilty of more than two dozen charges of theft and money laundering.

Temecula and Fallbrook businessman Sammy Ciling is a free man.

On June 28, after deliberation, a Riverside jury found Ciling not guilty of 17 counts of money laundering, six counts of grand theft, and a few sentence-enhancing white collar crime allegations that would have sent him away to prison for more than 20 years.

But Ciling is frustrated. He is frustrated with the district attorney's office that had him arrested, put him on trial and, he says, put his family's future in jeopardy.

"I could have been destroyed – we are strong, our family – but this broke my heart," Ciling said. "...



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