A Santa Maria woman has pleaded no contest to 15 real estate fraud-related counts, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office. The charges were 12 felony counts of Grand Theft, 3 felony counts of Engaging in Prohibited Practices of a Foreclosure Consultant and 2 misdemeanor counts of Unlawfully Collecting Advance Fees.
Jessica Lynn Orca ran afoul of a state law enacted when Governor Jerry Brown was the California Attorney General. The law forbids businesses or individuals from collecting advance fees for providing loan modification services (loan modification fraud). In Orca’s case, as with many, the money went into her pocket and not toward making mortgage payments for her victims or providing any kind of foreclosure prevention services.
According to the trial judge, he plans to sentence Orca to 7 years in prison, but she will probably serve only two years in County jail.
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