Woman accused of cashing money orders meant for real estate purchases

Misapplication of fiduciary property suspect Amanda Manzo-Ruiz (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies arrested a 35-year-old woman suspected of taking thousands of dollars from people who thought they were buying properties.

According to arrest papers, Amanda Manzo-Ruiz took money orders from several victims who thought they were putting earnest money down on various properties she advertised.

Instead of helping the prospective buyers, investigators say Manzo-Ruiz cashed the money orders or gave them to others to cash.

Court papers state the money orders were cashed by Manzo-Ruiz's ex-husband, her cousin, her landlord, a bail bondsman and a lawyer representiving her boyfriend.

Manzo-Ruiz, who did work for a realty company when she met at least one of the victims, was later reportedly fired from that company.

She is charged with misapplication of fiduciary property. The court papers did not state whether any of the victims got their money back.

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