|For Immediate Release
Case # 08CF2906
December 22, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CONVICTED OF STEALING OVER $40,000 BY FAILING TO PAY FOR NEW MERCEDES BENZ AND DEFRAUDING HOTELS
SANTA ANA – A former congressional candidate has been convicted of defrauding Orange County hotels and stealing a Mercedes Benz from a local car dealership amounting to over $40,000. Delecia Holt, 48, Aliso Viejo, was found guilty by a jury of seven felony counts of writing non-sufficient fund checks, one felony count each of grand theft and defrauding an innkeeper by non-payment. She faces a maximum sentence of eight years and four months in state prison at her sentencing on Jan. 21, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-34, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
In July 2005, Holt went to a Mercedes Benz dealership in Orange County and wrote a bad check for just under $13,000 as a down payment for a $32,000 car. She left the dealer lot in the car and never made any legitimate payments for the vehicle. Holt’s account, from which the $13,000 down payment check was written, had insufficient funds and the dealership never received any monthly payments.
Between July 2007 and September 2007, Holt defrauded the Comfort Suites in Lake Forest out of $5,000. She lived at the Comfort Suites and wrote two separate checks with insufficient funds over the course of three months. She then fled the hotel after failing to make any legitimate payments for her bill.
In October 2007, Holt hosted a comedy night fundraiser at a Dana Point hotel under the pretense of raising money for Habitat for Humanity. The failed event did not raise any money. Holt wrote a check for $15,000 to the hotel from a personal account to cover the cost of the event. She wrote another check to the four comedians totaling $2,000. She intentionally wrote the checks knowing her account had insufficient funds. The checks were declined when the victims attempted to deposit them.
In 2005, Holt ran as a write-in candidate for the 47th Congressional District in Orange County. In 2006, Holt was a candidate for the 53rd Congressional District in San Diego.
During the trial, Holt testified that she was unable to cover her checks due to costs associated with deaths and illnesses in her family, despite having never mentioned any hardship to investigators when initially interviewed about this case. The People presented evidence that Holt bounced 90 checks in an 18-month period from one bank account. From a separate account, Holt bounced all 18 checks she wrote and never wrote one legitimate check from the account.
Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.