Port Hueneme resident convicted on grand theft and elder abuse in Real Estate Fraud case

District  Attorney  Gregory  Totten  announced  today  that  Port  Hueneme resident  Julietta  Quinones  has been convicted of six felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of elder abuse, one felony count of filing a false tax return, and two felony counts of failing to file a tax return. The jury also found true a special allegation that she stole more than $200,000 from the elderly victim. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and the Franchise Tax Board.

The victim once owned 14 rental properties throughout Ventura County. She met Quinones at Uno Mas Realty in Oxnard, and entrusted Quinones to make her monthly mortgage payment on each rental property.  The victim provided the defendant with signed, blank checks for that purpose. Instead, Quinones used the victim’s checks for personal expenses in excess of $200,000. As a result, the victim lost all 14 rental properties.

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) investigation discovered that Quinones failed to declare the stolen monies as income on her 2009 tax return. The FTB also determined that Quinones failed to file tax returns in 2010 and 2011 as required.

Superior Court Judge Mark Borrell remanded Quinones into custody following the jury’s  guilty verdicts. Quinones is currently being held at the Ventura County jail. She is scheduled to be sentenced on

May 27, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 45. Quinones faces a maximum possible sentence of 12 years in state prison.

Source: Ventura County District Attorney

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