Baldi arrested: Accused embezzler nabbed in California
Former Bel Rio Restaurant owner Jim Baldi, who has been on the run since July 2010 after police issued a warrant for his arrest on a felony embezzlement charge, has been arrested in California.
"This was a joint investigation by Albemarle County Police and the U.S. Marshals Service that led to his arrest," says Albemarle County Police Sgt. Darrell Byers, "Baldi is awaiting extradition."
Following a July 20, 2010 story in the Hook, which delved into the circumstances surrounding Bel Rio’s sudden closure and Baldi’s disappearance, the long-time local bookkeeper, bartender, and restaurateur became the subject of a number of local news stories. According to police, Baldi, who turned 49 on August 13, embezzled money from WK Foods and Proffitt Management between November 2009 and July 15, 2010.
According to Byers, Baldi was arrested on January 4 in San Francisco. He declined to release any details of Baldi's arrest, and says the extradition process is underway.
That process, says Hook legal analyst David Heilberg, could take as long as six months if Baldi refuses to waive extradition. If he does waive, Heilberg says, "they can come out and get him on the next plane."This story is a part of the The Jim Baldi story special.Read more on: Jim Baldi