A 30-year-old Costa Mesa woman is facing federal prison time after pleading guilty mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in regard to a foreclosure rescue fraud scheme she operated.
According to prosecutors Najia Jalan targeted homeowners with false promises of mortgage relief through legal representation. She used business names such as the National Legal Help Center, United National Mortgage Protection Center, OC NonProfit and American Consumer Law Center to fool her victims into paying (illegal) advance fees ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
For her affiliation with the National Legal Help Center, she and a co-defendant were sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for falsely claiming they would provide legal assistance to consumers, which they could not do, since neither woman was a licensed attorney.
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