FBI agents arrested two former San Mateo County employees Friday on suspicion of stealing from the estates of deceased county residents they were responsible for administering, the federal law enforcement agency announced.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation believes Mandy Natchi Yagi, 54, of San Mateo, and Peter Wong, 43, of Daly City, stole money, jewelry and other valuables, according to the indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and unsealed Friday after their arrest.
The two have been charged with conspiracy to commit theft from a federally funded program and theft concerning a federally funded program. Yagi and Wong appeared in federal court Friday morning and are scheduled to appear on June 27 for identification of counsel.
Public administrators are charged with investigating and administering the estates of county residents who die without a will or a person willing to act as the estate administrator.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Adrienne Tissier said she was "shocked" to hear about the thefts.
"To have something like this happen to families whose heirs are waiting on information from the county is very difficult," she said.
Since a federal investgation is still under way, Tissier said the county still doesn't know if the scope of thefts is limited to the two former employees.
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