Officers with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Business office are inquiring residents who imagine they might have been defrauded by a regional jewelry store to contact them, just after federal officers arrested an operator of the enterprise.
Even apart from the specter of a Fort Bend County investigation, the proprietor has previously been accused in an elaborate, multi-million greenback fraud plan involving the Katy small business, according to federal charging documents.
Federal legislation enforcement on June 29 arrested Santiago Mora, of Harris County, in Miami in relationship to federal rates, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office environment.
It is not however apparent particularly what individuals unrelated charges are, but Mora is experiencing at the very least various federal costs in the U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of Texas, including wire fraud and aggravated id theft, in accordance to court records.
Mora is accused of not providing practically $4 million well worth of luxury watches to another enterprise, and then of forging his partner’s info to utilize for cash infusions to pay back back again the business, in accordance to the grand jury indictment.
Mora was the co-proprietor of a jewelry retail store in Katy, called Alku Modern Jewelers, or Laspis Lazuli, alongside with Juan Carlos Javadi, who lived in Utah and allow Mora run the day by day operations, in accordance to a federal grand jury indictment.
Starting up about May possibly 2019, Mora commenced carrying out organization with Timez Investments, owned by two men, in accordance to the indictment. As element of that work, the two men acquired luxury watches from Mora and would then promote them for a income.
Timez Investments compensated Mora about $8.8 million for extra than 850 watches, but Mora is accused of never offering about 354 of them and allegedly owed $3.92 million to Timez, according to the indictment.
Mora allegedly explained to the two adult males he experienced applied for a mortgage to repay them, according to the indictment.
Mora is then accused of making use of for quite a few organization financial loans and forging his partner’s signature with no his know-how, in accordance to the indictment. Mora allegedly been given three loans totaling extra than $400,000, according to the indictment.
Javadi then in April 2020 allegedly recorded a phone contact with Mora, during which Mora allegedly mentioned he’d been using Javadi’s identity to use for service provider income innovations, according to the indictment.
Investigators with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Business office are also asking anyone who thinks they could possibly have been a sufferer of the jewellery shop to connect with detective Jesse Murphy, 281-341-3815.