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Realtor arrested in commission scam

SUWANEE - A local Realtor was arrested Friday after allegedly collecting commissions on behalf of her former company.

Vivian Min, 39, of Suwanee was employed with Bob Wood Realty from 2001 to 2004. While she was working for them as a Realtor, Min went to several closings for their properties located in Gwinnett County, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the police department.

She allegedly fraudulently received commission checks that were supposed to be issued to the company from each of the properties she visited. Instead, she told the closing attorneys to issue the check to her company, "Property Solutions." Then she deposited the funds directly into her account, Moloney said.

The checks were supposed to be made out to Bob Wood Realty, who would then pay her part of the commission from the sale. The total loss the realty company suffered from the commissions was $17,565.

Tonya Wood Bothe, a broker for Bob Wood Realty, said the company could not comment on the situation at this time. But she wanted to make it clear that Min is no longer licensed through the company as a Realtor.

Min was arrested Friday morning by investigators with the electronic crimes and financial unit of the Gwinnett County Police Department. They charged her on two felony counts of theft by taking.

This is the second real estate scandal reported this week in Gwinnett. Police are still searching for Dennis Gutierrez, 33, of Hoschton, who allegedly posed as a real estate agent and solicited money from people, claiming he would purchase homes for them, Moloney said. When caught, he will be charged with theft by deception.