Stephen Gibbons, Assistant District Attorney

Dale B. Lohman, Deputy District Attorney
Major Fraud Unit
(408) 792-2599    For release on May 17, 2004       DEFENDANT ARRAIGNED IN IDENTITY THEFT CASE   Defendant Chelsa Yee (DOB 10/10/53), of Los Gatos, was arraigned this afternoon in Superior Court on multiple felony charges.  Yee, 50, was arrested on May 12 following an investigation by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.  She is charged with three felony counts of identity theft (Penal Code section 530.5), two felony counts of grand theft (Penal Code section 484-487), and one count of forgery (Penal Code section 470(d)).  She is also charged with taking in excess of $150,000 pursuant to Penal Code section 12022.6.   It is alleged that Yee, who owns Green Dental Group (formerly Golden Dental Group) in Santa Clara, used personal information obtained from employees and prospective employees of the dental group to obtain credit and personal loans without the victims’ knowledge or approval.  She is also alleged to have submitted a forged notarized letter to a dental supply company to obtain a cash refund.     If convicted, Yee could face over eight years in state prison. Her next court date will be on May 21, 2004. The District Attorney’s Office urges all individuals to check their credit report at least once a year to ensure that personal information has not been misused.    # # #

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