San Francisco Chinatown travel agent to stand trial in fraud case 

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A San Francisco woman accused of bilking more than 100 customers of her Chinatown travel agency out of $150,000 in tickets should stand trial on multiple felony counts of theft, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Judge Suzanne Bolanos made the ruling at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Xiao Yuan “Eileen” Cai, 56. Cai is facing 52 counts, including grand theft and failure to return funds, and one count of witness dissuasion.

“People would come to her to purchase tickets for travel,” District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Erica Derryck alleged. “She would take their money and then not provide the tickets. When individuals would then try to get their money back, she would not provide a refund.”

More than 110 people, mostly Chinese-Americans, were named as victims in the complaint, according to Derryck.

Police arrested Cai in October 2008. Following that, her Golden Hill Travel Agency, which operated out of a Chinatown storefront, was shuttered.

The case took so long to get to a preliminary hearing in part because Cai is now on her fourth attorney, according to Derryck.

“My client looks forward to making restitution to anyone that actually is out money,” Cai’s current attorney Pam Herzig said.

Cai is out of custody and is due back in court March 29 for arraignment in superior court.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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