El Dorado County Employee arrested for embezzlement

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On April 10, 2019, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested El Dorado County employee Ricci Chavez, a 33 year old man, from Rancho Cordova. In March, El Dorado County Buildings and Grounds were informed that their employee, Chavez, was working a side job during his work day, using a county vehicle and county equipment.

EDSO was notified and an investigation began. Through the course of the investigation, it was found that Chavez was hired by a county resident who was unaware that he was working on county time. It is believed that Chavez worked anywhere from 5 to 8 different days.  It was also discovered that Chavez brought an inmate worker with him on multiple occasions and used the inmate worker to assist on the job.

Based on the investigation, Chavez was arrested for felony embezzlement and booked into the El Dorado County Jail. Chavez has also been placed on administrative leave with El Dorado County.

Homeless Camps in El Dorado County

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team has been receiving numerous phone calls related to homeless camps located throughout the county. A large portion of these phone calls are questions about and/or concerns with homeless camps located within the Cities of Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. Although these cities are within El Dorado County, these are incorporated areas of the county and outside of the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. 

What this means to you, is that the Sheriff’s Office is not able to operate any of its programs or services within the city limits. We have created this interactive map for everyone to view, which displays the boundary lines between the city jurisdictions and El Dorado County. This map can be utilized to locate your area of concern with regards to homelessness. This will assist you in contacting the proper agency to obtain assistance with solutions for the homeless issue you are inquiring about. 

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Homeless Outreach Team would like to thank you for your concerns about our homeless population and look forward to working with all of our County residents both homeless and otherwise.


For County related Homeless issues, please contact non-emergency dispatch at (530)621-6600 or email HOT@edso.org.

For City of Placerville contact (530) 642-5210

For City of South Lake Tahoe contact (530) 542-6100

Suspicious Death Investigation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On April 5, 2019, at approximately 8:30 am, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a deceased person located in a wooded area near the intersection of Highway 193 and Highway 49 in Placerville, Ca. The initial investigation into the death revealed no evidence of foul play.

The decedent has been positively identified 37-year-old Monique Reyes, of Georgetown. Cause of death is yet to be determined and is pending the results of an autopsy. Next of kin notifications have been completed.