Jaelyne Jacsen was known publicly as a single mother with two kids, working to earn a degree from Cal State Fullerton and speaking out against domestic violence. So, it was shocking in November when the 49-year-old was arrested outside her Victorville home for allegedly stealing $6,500 in public assistance. As a bonus, sheriff's deputies from Orange and San Bernardino counties also discovered a 22-year-old fugitive hiding in a bedroom closet in Jacsen's home.
"She was a con man, basically,'' Deputy District Attorney Janice Chieffo reportedly said as Jacsen was handed a one-year prison sentence.
Jacsen, who had recently lived in Lake Elsinore, Menifee, San Jacinto, Hemet, and Victorville while collecting Orange County aid, was a licensed escrow agent and notary.
But she was better known as a CSUF student who lectured there about domestic violence, even getting written up in the Orange County Register.
She applied for Orange County public assistance while living in Lake Forest and qualified for a state program called "Safe at Home" where she could maintain a confidential address when receiving public financial aid.
But between July 1, 2008, and Jan. 31, 2009, Jacsen fraudulently collected $6,500 from Orange County despite having moved to Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Investigators also found evidence in Jacsen's home indicating she was involved in other crimes, including real estate fraud, identity theft and forging public or government documents.
She used Joyalynn Davis, Joya Daaliymple and Joyalynn Darlrymple as aliases and changed her children's' names to fuel the fraud, which included lying to Cal State Fullerton to obtain about $50,000 in loans. She failed to disclose she already had a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to get the CSUF student loans.
Jacsen, who had been accused of fraud in Vermont and Massachusetts, also bought three Toyota cars by failing to disclose a prior bankruptcy.
At the time of her arrest, deputies also snagged Jaycen Harold McCullen, who had a probation violation warrant for his arrest out of Orange County stemming from a 2006 robbery. Jacsen allowed McCullen to live in her home and share a room with her 15-year-old daughter, whom McCullen fathered a child with.
The daughter, the baby and Jacsen's 6-year-old grandson were taken into protective custody, and seven dogs, six cats, and two hamsters were impounded from the home.
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Orange County Superior Judge Thomas M. Goethals sentenced Jacsen to a year in jail after she pleaded guilty to 11 fraud- and child endangerment-related felonies. She was also ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution and could go away for 10 years if she violates her five-year probation.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office was seeking a five-year prison term, but Jacsen's attorney successfully got a lighter punishment by noting she had been a victim of serious domestic violence.
The attorney also told the Register Jacsen plans to return to CSUF once she's out of prison.
Alert the financial aid office.