By Jeff Pack

Ciling hopes full acquittal will clear his name

Jury found Temecula businessman innocent of more than two dozen fraud and theft charges


Last updated 7/26/2018 at 12:42pm

Jeff Pack

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

Temecula businessman Sammy Ciling is a free man.

After deliberation June 28, 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. "I had to hug my ki...

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Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

In some legal systems, names and accusations and photos of persons accused are not revealed unless and until a conviction is obtained. That, I've always thought, seems a logical extension of the concept of 'innocent until proven guilty'. But, in a society with a free press, I guess the onus for such fairness rests with editors; and exercising fair discretion in the publishing arena may be seen as conflicting with the public's 'right to know'. And that is clearly what you'd call a conundrum.


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