A source has informed Schott in the Dark that a victim of the Frances Akhavi embezzlement scheme is working with an attorney on the finishing touches of a lawsuit against Lynn Schott. The victim seeks to recover some of the money stolen by Akhavi, alleging those monies were funneled to Schott through various methods. You can read about the Schott/Akhavi relationship here, here and here.
In February, Akhavi pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax evasion, wire fraud and money laundering in connection with defrauding six victims of $1.7 million. She was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison. Schott has been disturbingly loyal to Akhavi, whom she insists is innocent. She was even prepared to testify as a character witness for Akhavi’s during the fraudster’s trial, and skipped a council meeting to fly to Arizona as moral support for her felonious friend.
Akhavi was Schott’s political patron during her campaigns for Irvine City Council. Akhavi’s victim(s) believe that some of the $1.7 million Akhavi conned out of them was used to support political candidates like Schott. The victim(s) hope filing a lawsuit and going through the discovery process will answer key questions about the potential flow of funds from Akhavi’s victims to her fledgling political acolytes. Was there a conspiracy? Was money laundering involved?
Schott claims she will not seek reelection in the 2018 election. However, if she reneges on this promise, we’ll ensure the the truth about possible ties between Schott and convicted felon Akhavi are quickly and fully explored.
Such an exploration makes it hard to arrive at an innocent or redeeming explanation for Schott’s weird, unsettling devotion to a convicted felon who has cold-heartedly ruined the lives of so many innocent people.