Former Congressional Candidate Charged with Fraud
Delecia Holt, a 46-year old resident of Orange County, California, has been arrested on criminal fraud charges for allegedly defrauding local businesses out of over $50,000.
In 2005, the same year her suspected fraud started, Holt ran to be a Representative as a write-in Republican candidate in Orange County’s 48th Congressional District, an area that includes the cities of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Irvine.
The following year, Holt ran again in San Diego’s 53rd Congressional District, which includes the areas of Downtown San Diego, Coronado and Imperial Beach. In both of her Congressional campaigns, Holt was one of the bottom ranking candidates, receiving only a negligible number of votes.
Holt’s Alleged Fraud
The charges of fraud against Holt date back to 2005 when Holt is suspected of having written a bad check for $13,000 as a down payment for a Mercedes-Benz. After Holt’s check eventually bounced, she never made a single payment on the luxury automobile.
Subsequently, as prosecutors allege, Holt continued her fraud-filled crime spree, which included:
- Racking up and skipping out on a $5,000 bill at an Orange County hotel (located in Lake Forest)
- Hosting a fundraiser comedy show that was intended to donate funds to Habitat for Humanity—However, no funds were raised, the hotel was never paid its hosting fee of $15,000 and all four comedians who performed at the event were never paid their performance fee of $2,000 (Checks Holt wrote to both the hotel and the comedians all bounced)
- Committing welfare fraud—Authorities are still conducting investigations to determine exactly how much Holt defrauded out of the welfare system
Currently, Holt is being held in the Women’s Intake/Release Center in Santa Ana, CA. While her bail is set at $55,000, prosecutors have asked that the source of funds be verified before Holt is officially released.
(Source: LA Times)
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