A Minnesota woman has been arrested after more than two years of evading capture after she allegedly convinced people to invest in a fake ginseng farm.
Mai Vu Vang, 51, of Brooklyn Center, was arrested in Georgia on March 18 at a traffic stop after eluding arrest for two years, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors are seeking a bail of $500,000.
Vang left for Georgia in June 2017, as she was under investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau and Fridley Police.
A warrant was filed in December 2017 for theft by swindle charges by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
During the course of the two years, local police attempted to find her numerous times at an address they suspected was her residence, but were unsuccessful until she was arrested during a traffic stop last month.
She's alleged to have orchestrated a fraud scheme between 2012 and 2014 in which she convinced members of the Minnesota Hmong community to invest in a ginseng farm she claimed to own near Wausau, Wisconsin.
In total, 9 victims lost more than $450,000, including a couple who knew her from church who gave her their life savings.
During the fraud scheme, Vang allegedly spent increasing amounts of money at Mystic Lake Casino. Her buy-in at the casino in 2012 was less than $75,000, while it was almost $665,000 in 2014.