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Check Fraud1 min read

October 11, 2016

Several checks from the Student Accounts Office at De Anza were fraudulently copied and cashed at online mobile banking institutions sometime around August 2015. By the time the fraud was discovered by staff, the college had lost over $14,000 from Student Accounts.
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police quickly investigated the fraud and unveiled a suspect: Former student Mariam Ahmadi, 41, of San Jose. Police attempted to meet with Ahmadi on three separate occasions to hear her side of the story, to no avail. After Ahmadi failed to appear on the third attempt, FHDA Police filed a warrant for her arrest according to the submitted police report.
Ahmadi was arrested and charged with check fraud, according to court documents. She was released on $50,000 bail, but ordered to appear before a Santa Clara County court in July.
The presiding judge of the case will be Aaron Persky, known for his controversial sentencing of the Stanford rapist, Brock Turner.
Court documents indicated that Ahmadi’s trial date had been pushed back five times by her lawyer with no explanation immediately available.
The court date is set for Nov. 16, when the county lays out charges and sentencing for the crime. Ahmadi had previously served time in state prison and in county jail for fraud in the past.

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