REDWOOD CITY -- Clayton Vice Mayor Joe Medrano took the stand in his own defense Tuesday as likely the final witness in his own embezzlement trial.
Medrano is facing felony embezzlement charges stemming from a fallout with a Redwood Shores-based wireless network provider for whom Medrano was an insurance broker. If found guilty, Medrano would not be eligible to hold office, thus ending his campaign for re-election to the Clayton City Council. He is one of five candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot running for three open seats.
San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Medrano testified all afternoon Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday morning before the trial is put in the hands of the jury.
Prosecutors allege Medrano accepted more than $159,000 in premiums from iPass but never forwarded the money to insurance provider Travelers Insurance. Medrano has pleaded not guilty. The trial resumes Wednesday in a Redwood City courtroom.
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