Love that Lulu Lemon

Mimi Nguyen, winner of the 2009 Athena Young Professional Award, poses with developer Carol Ornellas at the Athena Awards luncheon at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.

A pricey yoga clothing store called lululemon athletica was a major beneficiary of alleged embezzler Mimi Nguyen, a forensic auditor’s report says.

According to the report, Nguyen made “A total of 40 seperate purchases for $8,684.82 … Purchases were made at locations in Sacramento, San Francisco, Costa Mesa, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Roseville and Berkeley.”

Dividing $8,684.82 divided by “40 seperate purchases” means Nguyen allegedly spent an average of $217.42 dollars per shopping spree at lululemon. Times 40 sprees.

Here’s today’s story about Nguyen’s felonly charges. Nguyen has already paid back $40,000.

Nguyen also allgedly spent:

• $4,894.90 at REI, which also sells high-end clothing.

• $$3,383.82 at Dillard’s, which also sells high-end clothing.

• $1,686.80 at Fleet Feet Sports, which sells sports footwear and clothing.

• Lots more at American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Express, J Crew, JC Penney, Macy’s, Marshall’s, Nike, Nordstrom, Old Navy “and numerous others.”

• $2,190.45 at Mike’s Bikes locations in Sacramento and Pleasanton, “most likely for the purchase of a high-end bicycle.”

The clear picture that emerges is of a woman seemingly compulsive about clothes shopping — everywhere but on the Miracle Mile. Nguyen also bought plane tickets to Honolulu, Portland, Santa Ana, Los Angeles and Denver, among other places; bought groceries, wine and restaurant meals; and lots more, the forensic report says.

Read the report here. MMID Final Report

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