Agent Pleads Guilty to Felony Grand Theft

Press Release Date:

May 12, 2010

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that John William Vanderwall (DOB 12/13/63), a licensed real estate agent from Simi Valley, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of felony grand theft and admitted a special allegation of taking more than $50,000 in a case filed by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

An investigation conducted by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation revealed that Vanderwall stole approximately $65,000 from a Ventura County resident in a fraudulent real estate deal in 2007.  Vanderwall previously paid $20,000 in partial restitution to the victim in this case.

Vanderwall is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 12 of the Ventura County Superior Court. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.


Dominic Kardum, Deputy District Attorney