Charges have been filed by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office against the former executive director of the Miracle Mile Improvement District (MMID).
Mimi Nguyen, 31, of Stockton, is being charged with allegedly embezzling $59,800.98 via unauthorized charges to business credit cards for the MMID between the dates of Jan. 1, 2014 to July 12, 2017, the time she was employed there.
Investigative charges of $12,842.50 have been added to the original amount, bringing the total to $72,643.48. Nguyen has repaid $40,000 to-date.
“As a representative of the Board of Directors for the MMID, we are pleased that the D.A. 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,” said David Cherry, president of the MMID board, in a statement. “Although her actions caused harm to the MMID, it has also forged a stronger bond among the stakeholders with renewed determination to keep the Mile thriving.”
Nguyen allegedly failed to make true entries into MMID records pertaining to credit card purchases, leading to a second charge of altering the organization’s books with an intent to defraud being added. Both charges are felonies.
The former executive director has been notified via legal representation, attorney Gil Somera, to appear at an arraignment on Nov. 16 in San Joaquin County Superior Court. An arrest warrant has not been issued, though a failure to appear could lead to such.