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Baldi Pleads Guilty to Felony Embezzlement

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A former Charlottesville restaurant owner who quietly skipped town in 2010 pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to four counts of felony embezzlement, after stealing money from several clients. 

James Baldi, 49, used to own Bel Rio restaurant in Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood. Back in mid-2010, he left town to avoid a series of embezzlement charges. He took money from several different businesses he helped with financial bookkeeping.  

California police tracked down James Baldi in January and sent him back to Virginia.  Now, six months after arriving back in Virginia, Baldi is pleading guilty to all four felony embezzlement charges in Albemarle County, and an additional felony embezzlement charge in the city of Charlottesville. 

For each charge, Baldi could face up to 20 years in prison or up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Baldi has agreed to pay restitution to all victims in the case.

Baldi will appear in Charlottesville Circuit Court next month, where he will formally enter his final guilty plea. Baldi will then face a joint sentencing hearing in Charlottesville.

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