Mai Vu, a 53-year-old woman who was awaiting trial on charges of fraud was arrested on Friday, September 7th, on new charges of forgery of deed documents, recording false instruments, elder theft and grand theft by San Jose police officers at her home. According to news reports, the woman was wearing an electronic monitoring anklet when she attempted to run from police; the anklet was a condition of the woman’s release on bail while she awaits trial on fraud charges brought against her previously.
All of the most recent offenses the woman was arrested for were committed since the original fraud charges were filed against her approximately one year ago, while she was out on a $400,000 bail according to prosecutors.
An elderly couple reported in late August that a document had been forged by someone in order to take over approximately $1 million worth of the couple’s San Jose rental properties. Investigator Fabian Ramirez of the Campbell police followed a trail the led to Vu; Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office investigators then discovered another property that had been transferred to Vu, this property belonging to an elderly couple of Milpitas.
The charges state that Vu used the Milpatas home as collateral to secure a $250,000 loan from a private investor. Additional documents were then falsified by Vu conveying the title back to the Milpatas couple according to prosecutors, which essentially left the private lender on the hook for the quarter million dollars.
Vu was charged with multiple scams in August of 2011 involving four victims. Following the latest fraud charges, bail is set at $10 million and Vu remains in custody. News reports claim that if convicted, Vu could face a sentence of between 10 to 20 years in prison.
If you have been charged with any serious criminal offense including fraud, embezzlement, identity theft or other white collar crimes, consult with a San Jose criminal defense attorney right away to protect your legal rights. Without skilled legal representation, you will likely face serious penalties which will affect your reputation, career and freedom.