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Published on June 21, 2024
Georgia Man Extradited to Ventura County, Faces Charges in $200,000 Real Estate Fraud SchemeSource: Ventura County District Attorney's Office

A Georgia man has been extradited to Ventura County to face charges in a real estate wire fraud scheme, Ventura District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced Thursday. Abdoul Aziz Bah, who used the alias Richard Anderson, is accused of partaking in a fraudulent affair that cost a Newbury Park family over $200,000 during their home purchase endeavor.

The District Attorney's office said that on March 1, 2023, the family attempted to purchase a home but were misled by bogus wire instructions to send the funds to an account allegedly under Bah's control. The defense, Bah's strategy to plead, has initially been "not guilty." He remains held in custody with his bail presently set at $300,000, while a bail review hearing is firmly scheduled to take place on June 25, as reported by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.

"We are committed to investigating real estate fraud and criminally prosecuting money laundering schemes and bogus fronts for ill-gotten gains," Nasarenko stated, as per the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. Officials took Bah into custody on June 4, leading to his extradition back to Ventura County just over two weeks later. Senior Deputy District Attorney Dominic Kardum is assigned to prosecute this meticulous case, following what is characterized as an "extensive investigation" by the District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit.