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Decision on whether to jail Dixon movie studio defendant postponed two days

A court hearing on whether accused con artist Carissa Carpenter should be jailed pending trial has been postponed until Wednesday to give her attorney more time to respond to prosecutors’ claims that she violated the terms of her release on bail.

Carpenter, who spent 17 years peddling her dream of building a massive movie studio project, had been scheduled to appear in a federal courtroom in Sacramento on Monday after prosecutors said she had moved twice without notifying court officials and bilked her Southern California landlord out of $20,000. They also claimed she had talked of becoming a “baroness” to gain diplomatic immunity from prosecution and that she sought money for a new movie project under the pseudonym “Lady Carissa.”

Shortly before Monday’s hearing, Carpenter was granted a last-minute delay requested by defense attorney John Manning to give him more time to respond to the government’s motion that Carpenter be placed into custody.

Carpenter faces 32 felony counts of fraud and lying to FBI agents in connection with her movie studio proposals, the most recent of which was a purported $2.8 billion plan for a project in Dixon.

Despite Carpenter’s bold claims, she has never managed to build any portion of her projects, and prosecutors say she spent more than $5 million in investor funds.

Sam Stanton: 916-321-1091, @StantonSam

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