Detectives have arrested a Silicon Valley realtor they believe conned an elderly Los Altos Hills man out of $475,000 through phony real estate deals.
Lathrop resident Geana Or, also known as Geana Lay, 46, is charged with grand theft and elder abuse. Lathrop Police arrested her May 1 on a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office warrant, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Or is being held on a $1 million bond.
Between January and March 2015, Or convinced the 73-year-old victim to write 10 cashier’s checks in her name for the purchase of two Bay Area homes supposedly approaching foreclosure, according to the press release. Another elderly victim, a resident of South Santa Clara County, was targeted in a similar way, and both victims were told in December that their real estate deals had fallen through. Neither victim was reimbursed.
A realtor.com profile page indicates Or serves San Jose and specializes in dream homes, luxury homes and real estate investments at the $525,000 price point.
Detectives believe there could be additional victims of the scam and encourage anyone with criminal information about Or to contact Sgt. Mark Roggia of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office West Valley Detective Unit at (408) 868-6631.