Authorities: Prostitute Gave Exec Fatal Heroin Hit

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He said she had other clients from Silicon Valley, home to about 50 billionaires and tens of thousands of millionaires, where the case was making waves Wednesday.

“There’s no question that Silicon Valley feels different than it felt 28 years ago when I moved here,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, an organization focused on the local economy and quality of life. “Something has happened. We used to be a Valley full of techies living middle class lives, and now we’re a Valley of the uber-rich carrying toy poodles around with them.”

Tichelman’s father has ties to the tech industry. Folsom software firm SynapSense announced hiring her father, Bart Tichelman in 2012. Neither the firm nor her father responded to immediate requests for comment.

Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann approved a request Wednesday from Tichelman’s court appointed attorney, Diana August, to continue the arraignment until July 16. August did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Assistant District Attorney Rafael Vazquez said authorities are still investigating and may file more serious charges.

Tichelman was arrested on July 4 after police said a detective lured her back to the Santa Cruz area by posing as a potential client at an upscale resort. Clark said they didn’t just arrest her because they didn’t know exactly where she lived, and they were concerned she would flee.

Police said Tichelman boasted she had more than 200 clients and met them through the website, SeekingArrangement.com, which purports to connect wealthy men and women with attractive companions. Her clients included other Silicon Valley executives, Clark said.

Santa Clara University Finance professor Robert Hendershott said financial windfalls like those seen in the Silicon Valley often bring problems as people have trouble managing their newfound wealth. But he said there’s no obvious hedonistic culture in the Silicon Valley.

“There’s no Great Gatsby type of parties famous in the Silicon Valley,” he said.

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