The former defendant in a real estate fraud case has sued her former attorney, alleging he breached attorney-client privilege and libeled her by posting false information on his campaign Web site.
Jane Un filed the lawsuit Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court against Frank H. Guzman, who is running against incumbent Michael A. Ramos for district attorney. She also filed a complaint with the California State Bar.
Un spent 28 months in prison before her sentence was reversed on appeal. Under a plea bargain with county prosecutors, she pleaded guilty in January 2006 to two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and two misdemeanor counts of trespassing.
On his website, Guzman said Ramos gave Un a “sweetheart deal,” that Un was charged with stealing more than $400,000 and that she was dating a friend of Ramos at the time her plea bargain was struck.
In her lawsuit, Un says none of the allegations are true and that the comments on the website expose her to hatred and ridicule and “imputes a lack of chastity.”
“This Web site included statements … which Un believes were made by Guzman against her and which were derived in part from confidential and privileged communications Un had with Guzman,” according to the lawsuit.
The filing of the lawsuit came 10 days before the June 8 primary election.
When asked if there was a political motive behind the lawsuit, Un’s attorney, C. Patrick Milligan, said, “This man is seeking to become district attorney and to have the county as his client, and Jane Un felt that it was very important that she file all of these actions so that some people can be aware of that fact that he is not protective of some of his clients.”
As to the allegation Un was dating a friend of Ramos at the time of her 2006 conviction, Milligan said Un has no idea what Guzman is talking about.
“She doesn’t even know who this individual is. … There is no such man,” Milligan said.
Guzman could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Un now runs a bail bond business in Riverside.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Gary R. Fagan said Un’s prior prison stint, her threatened deportation to Turkey and the fact that she paid $150,000 in restitution in cash to two of her victims all factored into her unique plea agreement in 2006.