A woman in California charged with orchestrating the murder of her children’s father is now out of custody after posting a record-breaking $35 million bail thanks to the help of her “very, very wealthy family” and business associates with ties to China.
31-year-old Tiffany Li is suspected of directing the murder of 27-year-old Keith Green, the father of her two children. Back in 2015, Green kicked Li out of the multimillion dollar home that they shared with their children in a San Francisco suburb after discovering that she was having a relationship with another man, Kaveh Bayat.
Fearing that she would lose custody of her two daughters. Li directed Bayat and another man, Oliver Adella, to kill Green and dispose of his body last year. The trio were arrested soon after Green’s body was found. They are scheduled to stand trial in September.
While Bayat and Adella will remain behind bars until the trial, Li is out of custody after her family, friends, and her mother’s business associates helped to raise $4 million in cash, along with pledging 15 properties in the Bay Area worth a combined $62 million to post her bail (California courts require twice the bail amount if property is used instead of cash), local media reports.
Both Li and her mother were born in China. Li’s mother made a fortune there in the construction and real estate industry. Both women are naturalized citizens, though Li’s mother spends much of her time in China.
The $35 million bail is the highest-ever in San Mateo County history, though District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe actually wanted to make it $100 million, reasoning that Li was a serious flight risk.
“If convicted she faces the rest of her life in prison,” Wagstaffe said. “That’s plenty enough incentive to flee back to her native China.”
Li left the jail yesterday afternoon in a Cadillac Escalade. She has been forced to hand over her passports, wear an electronic monitor and will remain under house arrest until her trial.
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