Arraignment of former MMID exec postponed


STOCKTON —Many were hoping for some form of closure in the arraignment of the former executive director of the Miracle Mile Improvement District. Instead, it was delayed.

Attorney Gil Somera requested a postponement pending discovery in the arraignment of his client Mimi Nguyen, who is charged with the embezzlement of her former employer, the MMID.

“I was hoping there would be resolution,” said interim director Denise Jefferson, who is helping transition the MMID until it can find a new director. “We wanted to move onto the restitution phase.”

Full restitution is about $72,000, according to Jefferson, $40,000 of which Nguyen has repaid.

Somera said many expenditures were attributed to Nguyen that shouldn’t have been.

“The (forensic) accountant looks inside the box, but he didn’t speak to Mimi,” Somera said. He said there were costs that were legitimate and should have been attributed to MMID expenses. “We’re looking at another $6,000 to $7,000,” on top of the already repaid $40,000.

Nguyen was ordered by Judge Ron Northup to appear at San Joaquin County Jail Nov. 18 to be officially booked and released on her own recognizance.

The MMID, meanwhile, is waiting for the votes to be tallied to see if it will be recertified for another five years. The City Council will tally the votes on Dec. 5. Jefferson said she has every confidence it will be recertified.

“Plan B is dissolution of the district,” she said of the alternative.

Nguyen’s arraignment was postponed for Jan. 8, 2018.


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