Nguyen enters guilty plea to embezzlement charges

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After a postponement pending discovery in November, Mimi Nguyen, former executive director for the Miracle Mile Improvement District in Stockton, entered a plea of guilty to felony grand theft embezzlement.

Mimi Nguyen

Nguyen, 32, of Stockton, was charged with embezzling $59,800.98 during her term of employment with the improvement district. She reportedly repaid $40,000 of that amount to the MMID prior to being charged.

The MMID was seeking to be recertified amid the controversy, an action which was itself was the center of drama as the Stockton City Council delayed an approval due to discrepancies in the votes cast by property and business owners in the district. It was recently recertified.

During her employment at MMID, Nguyen allegedly failed to make true entries into the organization’s records when it came to credit card transactions. Investigative fees of $12,842.50 were incurred on the part of the MMID, which Nguyen’s defense is arguing are unreliable. 

Nguyen’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 27 at San Joaquin County Superior Court.

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