Terry Meisinger, 74, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of wire fraud, admitting he defrauded a distressed homeowner by inducing him to sign a quitclaim. The quitclaim was purportedly in exchange for promises by Meisinger that he would negotiate a short-sale agreement with the victim’s lender for a property located in North Las Vegas.
According to his please agreement, Meisinger instead recorded a deed of trust on the property, which was followed by a fraudulent bankruptcy on behalf of the person who supposedly now held an interest in the home. During the period of the bankruptcy stay, he rented the home to another person.
Meisinger admitted repeating “the process of causing the recording of deeds of trusts in the names of various beneficiaries whose identities he controlled and causing the filing of bankruptcies on behalf of those lenders to delay the foreclosure proceedings, while collecting rents.” Between 1999-2014, he “earned” over $1.5 million on his scheme, which involved approximately 150 properties and at least 50 victims, which included the borrowers/owners, lenders and tenants.
The prosecution of Terry Meisinger resulted from an investigation by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General (HUD-OIG).
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