Deepal Wannakuwatte, owner of Sacramento’s recently departed professional tennis team, will be in jail for at least another week.
Wannakuwatte, 63, is accused in a federal criminal complaint of cheating investors in his West Sacramento medical glove business.
He appeared Thursday before U. S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire for what was to have been a bail hearing. But defense lawyer Donald Heller said he had not yet had time to go over a report and recommendation from the court’s pretrial services unit.
Claire described the report as “voluminous” and said there are parts in it about Wannakuwatte that “I’m concerned about.”
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The hearing was continued to next Thursday, March 6. For the past two years, Wannakuwatte’s family has owned the Sacramento Capitals, a member of the World TeamTennis league. Earlier this month, the team announced it was moving to Las Vegas, ending a sometimes tumultuous 28-year run in Sacramento because of difficulties in securing a permanent stadium. The team was renamed the Las Vegas Neon.