DA charges Mimi Nguyen with embezzlement

Former Miracle Mile merchant association director Mimi Nguyen faces felony embezzlement changes.

Mimi Nguyen, the former head of the Miracle Mile Improvement Association whose “resignation-termination” came in July after she admitted taking association funds, has been charged with felony embezzlement.

Without public notice, the San Joaquin County District Attorney apparently filed two felony counts against Nguyen yesterday: Grand Theft by Embezzlement — for allegedly embezzling $59,800 — and Alteration of Corporate Books with Intent to Defraud.

The amount Nguyen is alleged to have embezzled — $59,800 — is substantially greater than the $35,000 she admitted to taking when she resigned. Or the $40,000 she eventually repaid.

Nguyen also faked her resume.

David Cherry, President of Association’s board, issued a statement:

“As a representative of the Board of Directors for the MMID we are pleased that the DA is moving forward with prosecuting Ms. Nguyen for the damage she has done to the organization and we look forward to putting this behind us.  Although her actions caused  harm to the MMID it has also forges a stronger bond among the stakeholders with renewed determination to keep the Mile thriving.”

The last part of Cherry’s statement is wishful thinking. The Mile is riven by a fight over management structures which Nguyen’s actions made worse.

The district also has yet to see the reopening of the Empire Theatre complex, where the city closed nine businesses in June over alleged fire safety code violations.

The charges were delayed by the alleged book-cooking Nguyen did, which complicated the forensic audit.

Here’s the DA lettter to Nguyen.

Here are the charges in court filings. Court stamped comp.

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