In a novel and very creative form of real estate fraud, a woman out on bail for felony charges who was wearing an electronic monitoring anklet was arrested a second time on charges of elder theft, forgery of deed documents, recording false instruments and grand theft.
Mai Vu, 53, was arraigned today after a Campbell police investigator traced her following a report by an elderly couple that somebody had forged real estate documents (probably a grant deed) that transferred title out of their names (title fraud). In the meantime, investigators with a different agency – the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office - found an elderly Milpitas couple had also had their property transferred to Vu. She defrauded an investor out of $250,000 (loan fraud) when she used the Milpitas home as collateral in order to secure the loan, then transferred title back to the lawful owners (title fraud).
Mai Vu’s first run-in with the law occurred in August 2011, when she was charged with defrauding four victims and had her bail set at $10 million.
Investigators may be reached at 408-808-3787.
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