People v. Linda Haskin-Gologorsky
On June 21, 2021, defendant Linda Haskin-Gologorsky, AKA Princess Leia Lucas, was convicted of 33 felony counts following a 10-day jury trial. The charges included forgery, the filing and manufacturing of false documents, burglary, and perjury. On July 20, 2021, Haskin-Gologorsky was sentenced to 8 years in prison by the Honorable Judge Mark McCannon, a visiting judge from Alameda County Superior Court.
Beginning in 2016, during divorce proceedings with her now ex-husband, Haskin-Gologorsky created false documents using her home computer and then presented those false documents in San Mateo County Court. She did this in a deliberate attempt to defraud her ex-husband of his interest in a home they purchased together while married by claiming that she herself owned the home, worth 2 million dollars, prior to their marriage. This fraud included the recording of false documents with the Recorder’s Office and the creation of a false California Driver’s License, using the assumed name Princess Leia Lucas. Over the course of a year, Haskin-Gologorsky maintained this claim by repeatedly filing additional false documentation.
This conviction concludes a complex 4-year ongoing investigation conducted by San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit, which included multiple search warrants for the seizure of evidence, including Haskin-Gologorsky's home computer. A forensic examination of that computer by the District Attorney’s Office revealed critical evidence in the case related to the fraud that was ultimately presented successfully in trial.
The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit remains committed to carrying out investigations such as this one for the sole purpose of protecting the victim’s rights with the goal of successful prosecution. While Real Estate Fraud can sometimes be a civil matter, it often criminal. If you or a loved one may be a victim, our office is here to help. For more information, see our website: https://da.smcgov.org/real-estate-fraud