Friday, March 14, 2014

Ex-Capitals owner denied bail; college results

   Former Sacramento Capitals owner Deepal Wannakuwatte, charged with conspiracy and fraud, recently was denied bail as a flight risk.
   Wannakuwatte, a 63-year-old native of Sri Lanka, was arrested on Feb. 20 in Sacramento after allegedly defrauding investors of millions in his medical supply businesses.
   "He's a skilled manipulator and talented con man," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Beckwith told U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire at a bail hearing, The Sacramento Bee reported. "He has the money, the connections and the motive to flee."
   According to the FBI, investment brochures for Wannakuwatte's International Manufacturing Group Inc. and RelyAid said sales reached $110 million in 2012, mostly from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
   In reality, the FBI said, sales to the VA totaled just $25,000 a year. Agents said Wannakuwatte usually repaid investors with funds from new investors.
   If found guilty, Wannakuwatte could spend the rest of his life in prison, Beckwith said.
   The Capitals of World TeamTennis announced on Feb. 4 that they were moving to Las Vegas after 28 years because Sacramento lacks a permanent tennis facility. However, WTT terminated the franchise last week. 
   The league will begin its 39th season on July 6 with seven teams.
   Sacramento State --Seven matches (four men's and three women's) have been moved on campus during a three-week stretch in March and early April, Sac State announced.
   Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, the home of the Hornets men and women, will resurface its courts during that period. Here is a list of the matches that will move on campus:
   Men -- Tuesday vs. Idaho, 2 p.m.; Thursday vs. Maryland-Baltimore County, 2 p.m.; March 25 vs. Eastern Washington, 1 p.m.; March 27 vs. Weber State, 10 a.m.
   Women -- Thursday vs. Maryland-Baltimore County, 2:30 p.m.; April 5 vs. UC Irvine, 1 p.m.; April 6 vs. Saint Mary's, 1 p.m.
   No. 68 San Diego def. Pacific 4-3 in Stockton. No. 1 singles: Clarke Spinosa, ranked 59th, def. Sem Verbeek 6-4, 6-4. Clinching match: At No. 5, Geoffrey Fasso def. Ben Mirkin 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Records: San Diego 7-4, 3-0 West Coast Conference; Pacific 6-7, 1-1.
   Hawaii def. Pacific 6-1 in Honolulu. No. 1 singles: Cindy Nguyen (H) def. Iveta Masarova 6-2, 6-2. Records: Hawaii 6-7, Pacific 6-6.

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