A Baldwin Park woman is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of bilking $160,000 from more than two dozen people by offering immigration and real estate services that she never provided.
Eblin Balver, 51, is facing 40 felonies, including 35 counts of grand theft. She is also charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and single counts of criminal threats and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Balver claimed that she worked for the court system and could help people with immigration petitions, visas and home purchases. She allegedly collected about $160,000 from 26 victims, but never provided any actual services.
Prosecutors said Balver also threatened some of her victims to prevent them from going to the authorities.
Balver was arrested Thursday and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. She faces up to 34 years and four months in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.