Trial date set in Newman home fraud case

local@modbee.comJune 13, 2012 

A judge on Wednesday scheduled a trial to start Dec. 4, the second trial for a real estate agent accused of swindling a Newman family more than 10 years ago.

Erica Burdg, 61, of Modesto has been charged with grand theft, forgery and attempted perjury. She is accused of taking money from Carlos Gonzales' family, who believed they were buying a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Newman.

Burdg has testified that Gonzales' bad credit and lack of employment collapsed the deal to buy the home.

The defendant said she instead talked her husband into buying the house as an investment and that they rented the house to Gonzales' family.

Burdg is awaiting her second trial in the criminal case after her first trial ended with a hung jury in August. She is represented by Donnell Snipes, a deputy public defender, but she was represented by privately hired defense attorney Kirk McAllister in her first trial.

Judge Linda McFadden scheduled a pretrial hearing July 11 because Burdg said she plans to hire McAllister or Frank Carson to represent her in the second trial.

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