Thirty-one-year-old Najia Jalan of Costa Mesa has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $236,000 in restitution for falsely promising she could help distressed homeowners save their homes. She had previously pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.
Jalan is not a licensed attorney but according to federal prosecutors she used company names such as the National Legal Help Center, United National Mortgage Protection Center, OC NonProfit, American Consumer Law Center to fool her victims to they would pay her fees for services that were never provided. Her fees ran from $1,000 to $10,000.
Jalan and a co-defendant were sued in 2012 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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