FALLBROOK, Calif. — A 62-year-old Fallbrook woman was in custody Thursday accused of fleeing the U.S. Virgin Islands to avoid being prosecuted for the theft of $122,000 from her real estate clients, authorities said.
Rosemary Sauter-Frett was arrested a week ago at her Fallbrook home by the FBI with assistance from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth announced in a statement.
A complaint filed with the District Court of the Virgin Islands dated March 2010 alleges that Sauter-Frett fled St. Thomas after being accused of stealing $122,000 from customers of her company who believed their funds were being held securely in an escrow account.
Prior to the accusations, Sauter-Frett was a successful Realtor and had the largest realty office on St. Thomas, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News, which also reported that she ran an accounting office and a restaurant- bar.
Sauter-Frett is scheduled to appear in federal court next Thursday, Foxworth said.