Knowing that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Santa Ana was considering filing criminal charges against her for falsely claiming to be an attorney and operating a mortgage prevention scam, 30-year-old Najia Jalan decided to buy a one-way ticket from LAX through Dubai to Afghanistan. But as she boarded, she found two special agents with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) waiting to arrest her on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Najia Jalan, who has previously been convicted of burglary, theft, possession of narcotics, obtaining money under false pretenses, also has used the aliases of Poh Yee Neo, Sarah Adams and Korina Taylor.
According to a complaint dated October 20 by the Treasury Department, Jalan allegedly used various consumer firms to fool distressed homeowners into paying her substantial fees.
Note: The real Poh Yee Neo is a licensed lawyer who works in Hong Kong and has no connection to Jalan.
Read the original article in OC Weekly.