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Lake Forest Woman who Allegedly Bilked County out of $150K at Large

Nahid Bijaripour Vakilian is suspected of approving hours never worked by a colleague. Authorities believe she may now be in Iran.

Fereshteh Shafiee, 52, Mission Viejo is accused of claiming to be a full-time caretaker for her parents while also working full time for the Orange County Social Services Agency. Book photo courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Fereshteh Shafiee, 52, Mission Viejo is accused of claiming to be a full-time caretaker for her parents while also working full time for the Orange County Social Services Agency. Book photo courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office is on the hunt for a Lake Forest woman accused of defrauding her employer, the Orange County Social Services Agency, out of $150,000.

An arrest warrant is out for Nahid Bijaripour Vakilian, 55, Lake Forest, a supervisor at the Social Services Agency. She is believed to be in Iran, according to a press release for the Orange County D.A.'s office.

Meanwhile, a colleague of hers, Fereshteh Shafiee, 52, of Mission Viejo, was arrested today in connection with the elaborate scheme. Yet a third suspect, Shafiee’s mother Iran Schafiee, is also at large, the D.A. said.

Vakilian was a supervisor for the In-Home Support Services program at the Social Services Agency, which helps residents who are unable to live at home safely without help.

In addition to working full time for the agency, Shafiee represented herself to Vakilian as a full-time caregiver for her parents, eligible for reimbursement from the state, the D.A. alleges.

Over the course of several months, Shafiee is accused of billing for 509 hours of care a month. This was in addition to the 173 hours spent at her job at the Social Services Agency. 

“In a month with a total of 720 hours, Fereshteh Shafiee is accused of claiming to work 682 hours,” says the press release.

Vakilian was fully aware that Shafiee’s claimed hours were fraudulent, but she approved them anyway. Then Shafiee turned around and lent Vakilian $150,000, according to the D.A.

Vakilian is charged with one felony count each of misappropriation of public funds and medical insurance fraud with sentencing enhancements and allegations for over $100,00 in loss, property loss over $65,000, and aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, the D.A. reports.

Shafiee is facing the exact same charges as her Social Services colleague, according to the D.A.’s office. Her arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison, according to the press release.

Iran Shafiee is charged with one felony count of medical insurance fraud and faces the same sentencing enhancements as her daughter and Vakilian. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison.

mOmO123 February 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM
why are all of these iranian nationals working for the county??
Jim Sparks February 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Because the government hires only immigrants. Have you ever seen an American working in a public office? Well, not often.

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