OROVILLE, Calif. - A former Oroville planning commissioner and city council candidate is in a North Dakota jail, accused of fleeing Butte County to avoid arrest on embezzlement and money laundering charges. Dan Gordon is accused of bilking seniors for hundreds of thousand of dollars.
About one year ago, a 91-year-old Oroville woman gave Gordon a large sum of money to invest while he was helping her prepare her taxes. "He convinced her to give him over $100,000 to invest," said Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. "The investment didn't go anywhere. "
The woman hired an attorney and ultimately got her money back. "(But) to get that money (Gordon) stole over $200,000 from his mother," said Ramsey.
Gordon fled to North Dakota, where he was found and arrested, and now faces multiple counts of embezzlement and money laundering.
Gordon made an unsuccessful run for Oroville City Council in 2010. He has legal representation and will appear in a North Dakota court next Wednesday. He's expected to be sent back to Butte County for trial.
There is also some question as to Gordon's real name, as Ramsey said he's assumed different names.
"We're not really sure if Dan Gordon is his real name," said Ramsey. "We've filed the complaint under both Dan Gordon and his previous name that he was convicted under in the 70's."
Ramsey said there may be more victims. If someone thinks they've been victimized by Gordon they should contact the Oroville Police Dept. Bail for Gordon is set at $2 million.