Mrs Pakistan World accused of committing grand theft in US

Published: April 3, 2012

Saman Hasnain along with husband Jawad, ran a sham loan modification scheme, using her good looks to entrap victims. PHOTO: mrspakistan.blogspot.com

WASHINGTON: From the looks of it, they were an educated, successful Pakistani couple living in a $2 million house. But now they are fugitives.

Former residents of San Jose in California, Jawad Hasnain and Saman Hasnain, who won the Mrs Pakistan World beauty pageant in 2008, stands accused of conspiring to commit grand theft in their old hometown. They have allegedly absconded to Pakistan. The couple had been living in the area for the past ten years.

Parents of two boys, Jawad and Saman hailed from Lahore. He was a graduate of Purdue College while she is reportedly an alum of Kinnaird College, Lahore.

Saman, from her pictures, appeared to be a good-looking woman and is described on the Mrs Pakistan website as having “almond shaped eyes, flawless skin and full beautiful lips.”

The prosecutors said that the couple, using her good looks, ran a loan modification scheme where they offered to help people have their loans modified in order to get low interest rates. Advertising through word-of-mouth and flyers in Hispanic stores, prosecutors stated that the couple took money from their victims in amounts ranging from $5000-$27000. “But it was all a scam and the couple stole the money and fled,” the prosecutors added.

“It’s not that she [Saman] was just attractive. She carried herself well; she wore nice clothes,” said Victor Chen, the Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County, in a telephonic interview with The Express Tribune.

“They had a home worth $2 million, they invited potential clients there,” Chen said, adding that people were impressed by their luxurious lifestyle. Chen also said that one of the victims revealed that Saman was “very, very good” at convincing people. “They had a cloak of credibility,” said Chen.

Chen, who said he is not at liberty to discuss what efforts they are making to extradite the couple from Pakistan, added that Saman and Jawad had fooled many people including “Pakistanis, Indians and Persians.”

The couple has been charged on multiple counts with over a dozen victims on the list. But Chen said that there are probably 70 to 100 people who fell prey to their scheme and the estimated amount of money they have stolen could be as high as $400,000-$500,000.

Chen added that Jawad was also arrested in March this year on a separate charge of embezzling $1.2 million from real estate developers but had posted bail. Authorities had also issued an arrest warrant for Saman.

On March 14, a day before Jawad’s court appearance, Chen received an email from him saying that he had to “leave the country” and would not be able to make it to court. Chen filed a motion and the court issued warrants for them on March 16 but by then, the couple and their two sons had left the country.

The couple, Chen said, are believed to be living in Pakistan at the moment.

As per the Mrs Pakistan World website, Saman said that she would like to change the world’s perception of Pakistani women. “I hope to act as a role model, and encourage, educate and motivate Pakistani women to help achieve a strong and progressive Pakistan,” the website stated.

Reader Comments (60)

  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:47PM

    It’s a conspiracy to malign Pakistan.

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  • Umer
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:48PM

    Recommend if you are not surprised.

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  • commentator
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:50PM

    So she was “very, very good” at convincing people? what does that mean? that the people they were fooling were not that dumb?

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  • Apr 3, 2012 - 8:53PM

    i agree india and israel are behind it…………………..hehehe

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  • Mr Leftist
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:53PM

    It is a conspiracy against liberals in Pakistan

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  • zalim singh
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:55PM

    normal pakistanis.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:57PM

    @commentator: maybe she was very very good at convincing people. But what sort of people? Maybe dumb people who don’t need much convincing anyway.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:59PM

    Mrs Pakistan World says that her all time favorite movie is titanic. No wonder she is going to sink like her favorite titanic.

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  • Apr 3, 2012 - 9:06PM

    Hahaha..! What a role model, Americans can also be looted, established! :DRecommend

  • Babloo
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Yah Allah ! Even the ‘beauty Queen’ is a thief.

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  • Jan
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:10PM

    @Mr. Righty rightist:
    Mr India when did you start supporting Pakistan…

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  • unbeliever
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:19PM

    if only Pakistanis, Indians and Persians.” are involved then not much chance is there that americans would come to pakistan.
    however if a single american is involved, they will hunt her down to antartica

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  • Khanbaba
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:21PM

    Pakistanis staying in character no matter where they go they take their corrupt ways with them.

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  • Jhingalala
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Making Pakistan proud…she is a beauty queen indeed…stealer of hearts and money. Now I unrdestand why she became Mrs Pakistan

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  • Khurram
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:33PM

    @Zalim Singh “normal pakistanis.” Sir with due apology any normal person and for that matter any normal Pakistani in particular cannot afford to entertain such ideas only the the criminals do and these criminal thugs are not confined to a particular faith and country.

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  • IndianDude
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Addendumto my previous comment:
    “In March 2010 she received an award at the pride of performance ceremony By “Safeer-E-Pakistan” GEO TV”

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:27PM

    There is a difference between reporting a news item and finding the truth which needs a full scale investigations.

    According to the news published: “The prosecutors said that the couple, using her good looks, ran a loan modification scheme where they offered to help people have their loans modified in order to get low interest rates. Advertising through word-of-mouth and flyers in Hispanic stores, prosecutors stated that the couple took money from their victims in amounts ranging from $5000-$27000. “But it was all a scam and the couple stole the money and fled,” the prosecutors added.”

    The question arises: what makes the couple to go and offer their services to their victims when they seems to be financially sound and were living in a $ 2 million house?

    A lot of Pakistanis are still interested to go live and work in the US, where in this particular case, the couple seems to be US nationals and came to Pakistan after cheating the people in US, as if they would have made up their minds not to return back to US any more.

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  • MrsShaanD
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:29PM

    This is an attack and lie against Saman Hasnain, She and her husband did very well in Real Estate business and when Real Estate market went down they could not keep their development projects go on. Loan re-modification never guarantees any one that bank will spare their house it is just a try….. She has done lots of charity work, she is an accomplished piano player, a movie maker who has dedicated her life to improve the lives of Asian women including Pakistani women —— why are you people judging her based on bias media?? Media will do anything to put any one from Pakistan down…..

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  • bob
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Well if they actually did wht is (so poorly) stated above.. then I pray that they r caught and given proper punishment….
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  • Asif
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:33PM

    And then we ask why we Pakistanis are ‘BADNAAM’!!!

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  • She is a typical elite Secular Liberal Pakistani
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:43PM

    She is a typical rich “Liberal” Pakistani who want to “secularize” Pakistan. They impress the White Americans at how pro-western they are. They run NGOs for changing Pakistan in their pro-western image. They cry slogans like “enlightened moderation”. Yet the first chance they get to loot money, they Liberally and Progressively Loot the poor.

    This secular Liberal elite minority in Pakistan is full of drama queens.

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  • SK - Salman
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:53PM

    This is a very poorly written article which does not convey accurate information. Having lived in the U.S. for 42 years I have known numerous people who run Mortgage Finance companies. Some of them are decent looking people, one being extremely pretty, and some others are ugly ducklings. What does that have to do with a mortgage business gone bad????? Surely, you can sensationalize a report a la National Enquirer or World tabloid, but it does not behoove well for Express Tribune to stoop to this level. That Mr. & Mrs. Hasnain have fallen on bad times and have run afoul of the law is a given, and not that uncommon in these terrible economic times. I have read numerous news reports of mortgage fraud involving Hispanics, Indians, Arabs, Eastern European, and mostly Americans, that has nothing to do with where these people originate from or how good or bad looking they are. Try to improve the article and come out with a better follow-up.Recommend

  • Harry Stone
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:00AM

    PAKS just hate it when they get caught……….they really do believe they are the pure living in the land of the pure.

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  • MIT
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:32AM

    @MrsShaanD:
    mrs shaan if the couple is innocent why didnt they stay in US to face charges and clear their name, i am sure they did “very well” hope they had the foresight to transfer all funds to pakistan before fleeing so that they can live happily ever after

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  • Senman
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:33AM

    She is obviously a non-state actor which Pakistan has no responsibility off.Now that she is back in Pakistan She can buy a villa right next to Army Quarters and stay hidden for the next ten years.Recommend

  • Ram Dhan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:56AM

    @MrsShaanD:
    She is accomplished Piano Player? Did not know that. Everyone please take note. Then there is no way she is guilty of all the crimes she has been accused of.

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  • Asad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:10AM

    @all the indian posters please tell us who was Raj Rajaratnam one of the biggest scammers on the wall street.

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  • Nahin Karo Yaar
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:22AM

    Recommend if you read this story because of her picture
    This is an experiment to see if she could convince people by her looks, as claimed in the story above.Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2012 - 1:37AM

    What do you mean by she is “Very very good at convincing” and she “used her good looks”?

    you didnt mean that she honey trapped her victims did you?
    well that gives it a whole new dimension.

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  • hello
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:50AM

    look out meera, you now have competition;

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  • usmanx
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:18AM

    I love these Miss Pakistan and Miss Phillipine et al contests in distant countries. Even a donkey can be a beauty queen.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:13AM

    I think that they ran into hard times and did commit these crimes. They should be punished for what they did. My question is: Is this the most important thing for us to worry about?

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:22AM

    @IndianDude: There you go,on top of all news,don’t miss anything

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  • Adil
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:27AM

    If true then I guess it strengthens the theory that if not engaging in some act of terror, our fellow countrymen eventually fill the gap by doing something else overseas putting some negative tag on Pakistan.And I would call the couple secular and moderate fugitives/criminals since they fooled everyone irrespective of victim’s race,nationality or faith.:D
    Even in “brother nations” of Middle East, Pakistanis are looked upon with suspicion since they have been getting arrested on charges of smuggling,robbery and murder etc….. for past many years. I used to live in Oman and a number of times Pakistanis used to form majority in jails and they were caught doing things such as selling drugs. Plus, there were cases where Pakistani expatriates would become Wanted since they pulled a huge scam or robbery and left for some other country such as USA and Canada.
    I read this another blog on this very website where this gentleman was whining how due to Green Passport,his vacations in Thailand went sour.Earlier, I read somewhere that this famous TV icon from Pakistan indeed got indulged in some act of stealing money or cheating in Thailand due to which Thai government became strict with Pakistani production houses,channels etc…..Forget about extremists and politicians back home,I wonder what we the people of Pakistan should do in order to improve our nation’s image. Now I live in a suburb of Toronto with my parents and siblings but even here I have see a number of Pakistanis and other South Asians fooling government to get insurance etc…

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:29AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: No kidding,genious,you figured it out what we all dumb bells missed,good job,you have to give to her,she got one heck of looks,even a smart fire cracker would be toast by her looks,One thing I compliment Pakistani Woman they are far better looking than average Indian Chicks,that is real honest compliment.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:39AM

    @bob: In Pakistan,are you serious?

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:42AM

    @She is a typical elite Secular Liberal Pakistani: You damn Right,these liberals are too much.I agree

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:48AM

    @SK – Salman:
    You are,there is no improvement,there was no mention of CIA,RAW and not even a hint of Mosad and Jews,this is not acceptable,there are bad time in Usa,they lost even there 2 million dollar home,any shedding of tears for pious Honest couple,they should never bring religion,do Jews and Hindus do not commit fraud,I sak Americans why Us,always,we got to get on street and do something,please something,it is out rageous to say the least.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:57AM

    @MIT: YAH! They will get justice like that poor MIT micro Biologis?t,Do not sell me that Brooklyn Bridge,I wasn’t born yesterday,they rather serve their time in Indian/Pakistan prison where even Kasab gets justice not to speak about Hyderabadi Biryani,can you match that?,Do not insult my intelligence,pl.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 4:07AM

    @Senman: Why should she go to Abbotabad?She is not terrorist,when did embezzalment became a terror act?,sure those who lose money have sleepless night but it can not be called terror act,so pleas be reasonableThat is the problem with people suffer from Islamapobia,they will stoop to any level to de fame Muslims and call everything Terror and in the mean time nothing about real terrorist of Samjotha train killing?Is this fair,I ask?

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 4:10AM

    @Ram Dhan: So what?Is it a Federal Crime to be Piano Player?If so half the Jew children should be in Jail,they learn Piano like a We play Cricket,this is insanity,I say

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 4:13AM

    @Nahin Karo Yaar: I can not believe this?Now some ones good looks is held against her?Do you go after ASH(Bachan Bahu) or Julia Robert?There has to be some fairness and balance in reporting?I really give up!

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 4:19AM

    @Vishnu D Dutta: Yes!Enstein,that’s what they are saying,that is really stoop to low,Even for American,Just like Kaalchara I say SHAME, SHAME,SHAME 3 times to show my outrage,I’m not going to sleep to night,this is gross injustice more than Saeed of LTE chief,real low!Allah is there,Do not forget,He protect the weak and helpless.

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  • Raj
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:00AM

    Mortgage fraud is very common in the West. Majority of fraudsters are from India, Pakistan, Ukraine and Middle East.

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  • Ayesha Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:03AM

    @Pollack: “@commentator: maybe she was very very good at convincing people. But what sort of people? Maybe dumb people who don’t need much convincing anyway.”

    Due to the housing crisis in US, there are many legitimate loan modification programs run by top US banks like Bank Of America, Chase, Citi etc. Many people do not know how to do the paperwork for these, so there could be legitimate brokers who provide service to help get the modification. You don’t have to be stupid to fall for this.

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  • From Toronto With Love
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:29AM

    Everyone is entitled to a fair trial and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. So let’s wait for the trial and the verdict and hold your smart Alec comments till then.
    And what’s wrong with Tribune, ultra open to allow all the Indian jokers to continue Pakistan bashing on Pakistani website. Has anyone ever seen a critique written by ordinary pakistani readers on Indian paper? Rarely. They know where to draw the line. It’s our pseudo liberated media trying to prove a point. Pakistani media is tripping over itself to sit in Indian lap. Shame to say the least.

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  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:31AM

    You know, this might also be a conspiracy from Bollywood actresses.

    They saw that, here’s a beauty who can beat them all. And she has come back to Pakistan. Before Bollywood producers line up before her house, they had to do something.Recommend

  • Hassan Bokhari
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:34AM

    The only thing i’m wondering is how she became Mrs. Pakistan? We have much, much better looking women over here and she certainly is not one of them without all that makeup on.

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  • HH
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:57AM

    My God, who says she’s good looking????

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  • Lone Star
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Didn’t we already have every terrorist’s link to our great country. This “beautiful” lady has done the rest of the damage.

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  • Amjad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:41AM

    @Mr. Righty rightist: There are criminals in each and every community. Why does ET allow this site for obsessed Indian writers to spew anti Pakistani nonsense?

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  • Muhammad Iqbal
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:48AM

    good and bade people are exist every where. it can not be specified with a country. those who are bad by nature they will be bad every where no matter from where they are. no society no religion and no custom in the world encourage these people. it is wrong rather a blame to say that pakistani are corrupt. i a pakistane and a muslim condemn this ugly woman. no pakistani will say that she don will. so one cann’t blame pakistani nation owing to this or any other individual or group.

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  • Fauzia Mussarat
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:11PM

    Stunning good looks?? She looks plain ordinary to me…. Recommend

  • Fauzia Mussarat
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:12PM

    and we wonder why the little green booklet is sooo unwelcome…… O Mrs Pakistan World! Deception is thy name!?

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  • Raj
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:22PM

    @Asad:

    FYI… Raj Rajaratnam is a Sri Lankan American not Indian American.. Please do some research before u post..

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  • Anonymous
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:30PM

    Just imagine – if the same couple would be a bearded man and a hijab aunt – there would have been 30 blog and 500 comments already bashing Islam and all that.Recommend

  • THE
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:46PM

    @Anonymous: Absolutly agreed! and they would have been called things like “radicalized” and “fundamentalists” etc.
    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and the due process of law should take its place. The media and specially ET need some mirch masala to put on their pages daily!!!

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  • Nexus
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:29PM

    As quoted : Saman said that she would like to change the world’s perception of Pakistani women.’
    Thanks for making the effort lady!

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  • Hhh
    Apr 10, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Bunty aur Bubly

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  • Nobody
    Apr 12, 2012 - 8:18AM

    @zalim singh:
    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jan/10/world/fg-india-scandal10

    Normal Indians…?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/hedge-fund-billionaire-gets-11-year-sentence-in-fraud-case/2011/10/13/gIQAa0PZhL_story.html

    Normal Sri Lankans….?

    Fraud, cheating, embezzlement and the like are not crimes restricted to any one country or ethnicity (or to just us brownies). Please peddle your anti-Pakistan sentiments elsewhere, as I see you’ve made it a career to do so on ET. I’m flattered you like us so much, but spread the merriment and love elsewhere for a while. Cheers.

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