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Archive for August, 2016

Former Gophers Basketball Star Sam Jacobson Charged in Short Sale Fraud

August 25th, 2016 at 12:31pm

Former Gophers basketball star Sam Jacobson once owned a home in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

In 2011, Jacobson sold his home in a short sale to his then-girlfriend, Traci Quam. He was supposed to move out per the lender’s requirements that the sale be arm’s-length, but Quam admitted he did not, in an interview with the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau.

Traci Quam resold the home four months later for $538,000 and pocketed $176,000 in profit. She then used the money to purchase another home in Apply Valley. According to the complaint filed again both of them, “The day she closed on the Cobblestone Lake home, July 20, 2012, Sam Jacobson proposed to her.”

Sam Jacobson and Traci Quam have each been charged with one count of theft by false representation and one count of theft by swindle.

Prosecutors: why wasn’t the listing agent charged?

Read the original article in KMSP-TV and the Minnesota Star Tribune.

 

Two Plead Guilty in Loomis Wealth Solutions Mortgage Fraud Case

August 11th, 2016 at 8:42pm

Michael Llamas, 31, of Tracy, and Peter Woodard, 48, of Ventura, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Llamas separately pleaded guilty to a count of concealment of a felony.

Llamas owned LW Premier Holdings LLC and Woodard owned Cobalt One LLC. They had rights to buy homes at discounts from builders in several states but purchased homes at full price without disclosing this to the lenders.

Loomis Wealth Solutions convinced investors to buy homes using their credit, which would then be rented out and managed, with the investors getting regular payments. Owner Lee Loomis was arrested in 2012 and charged with multiple counts of mail fraud and wire fraud. After pleading guilty in January 2016, he asked the court to withdraw his plea.

There are numerous articles on Lee Loomis and Loomis Wealth Solutions on earlier postings on the California Real Estate Fraud Report.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Settlement Over Allegations of Illegally Evicting Military Servicemembers

August 11th, 2016 at 8:27pm

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that California has reached a $252,000 settlement with two privatized military housing contractors over the companies’ unlawful evictions of 18 military servicemembers and their families from private military housing complexes in San Diego and Orange Counties.

Attorney General Harris argued that these evictions violated the California Military and Veterans Code, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and other state debt collection laws which protect servicemembers who are sued while serving on active military duty and are therefore unable to appear and defend themselves in court.  These laws prevent the entry of a default judgment unless a lawyer has been appointed to represent the interests of the absent servicemember, and they prohibit the use of false statements to collect a debt.  In addition, the contractors allegedly violated California privacy laws by filing court documents that included unredacted Social Security numbers, birth dates, or other personal information of nearly 100 servicemembers and military family members.

Read the full press release on the website of the State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General.

Last of Three Defendants in Rodis Law Group Case Pleads Guilty

August 10th, 2016 at 2:07pm

Bryan D’Antonio, 50,  is the last of three co-defendants to confess to a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a telemarketing scheme that ran from October 2008 and June 2009 and defrauded over 1,500 people out of about $9 million, according to a statement from Eileen Decker, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.

D’Antonio was described by authorities as the owner and operator of the Rodis Law Group, aka America’s Law Group. His fellow defendants Charles Wayne Farris and Ronald Rodis have already  pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Prosecutors said Rodis Law Group and America’s Law Group found their victims by placing radio advertisements claiming to negotiate lower-interest rates or principal balances by using their team of attorneys, when only Ronald Rodis was an attorney.

Read the original article in the OC Register. There a number of articles about this case that can be found by searching the California Real Estate Fraud Report.

Imposter Property Owner Arrested in Rental Fraud Scam

August 8th, 2016 at 10:39am

Nicholas Daniel Cardenas Vallez, 28,  has been arrested for taking money from prospective renters for property he did not own.

Visalia police say that Vallez took rents and application fees from at least 11 victims. Detectives and the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office contacted both the victims and the real property owner to build their case against Vallez.

Read the original article in the Fresno Bee.

Roseville real estate agent convicted in mortgage fraud case

August 4th, 2016 at 9:08am

Real estate agent Alla Samchuk, 45, has been found guilty of six counts of bank fraud, six counts of making a false statement to a financial institution, one count of money laundering and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Court documents revealed that from 2006 through 2008 Samchuk operated a mortgage fraud scheme involving three properties in the Sacramento area, specifically Roseville and El Dorado HIlls. Unable to qualify for a loan to make the purchases herself,  Samchuk employed the services of straw buyers to apply for the loans.  She caused the submission of loan applications containing false representations of income, employment, assets, and a false indication that the straw buyers would occupy the homes as their primary residence.

A second objective of the scheme was to obtain HELOC (home equity line of credit) funds. According to evidence at trial, on two of the properties, Samchuk diverted or attempted to divert HELOC funds to her own benefit. Samchuk caused the HELOC loans to fund by submitting false statements and documents to the lender regarding the qualifications of the straw buyers.

Turning against her own straw buyers, Samchuk filed an application for a HELOC on one of the properties without the straw buyer’s knowledge or consent (HELOC fraud). To obtain the HELOC, she forged the signature of the straw buyer on a short form deed of trust that she caused to be notarized and recorded. The stated purpose of the HELOC was home improvement, but once the line of credit was funded, Samchuk quickly diverted all of the funds to her own use, spending the proceeds on a Lexus and the repayment of a substantial personal debt.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Audrey B. Hemesath and Andre M. Espinosa prosecuted the case.

 

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