The case, which was prosecuted in 2009, consisted of 10 defendants. Hutchings was convicted of 160 felony charges and the remaining defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy and theft-related charges.
The defendants acquired over 400 grant deeds to residences in foreclosure by telling their victims that their “federal land grant program” would keep lenders from foreclosing. In addition to getting title, the defendants also charged the homeowners a $10,000 payment to participate in their program.
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