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FBI Arrests Ringleader for Massive Mortgage Fraud

The FBI arrested a Stockton man on suspicion of mortgage fraud in a case involving more than 100 houses he bought and sold in the past 10 years with the assistance of loan officers and escrow officers with whom he conspired.

Investigators say Ifthikhar Ahmad, 36, worked with Deborah Timmins, 49, formerly of Chicago Title and later with Commonwealth Land Title; Timmins’ twin sister, Denise James; William Bridge, 40, a mortgage broker doing business as The Loan Center in San Francisco; and John Ngo,  a senior loan coordinator with Long Beach Mortgage who approved many of Ahmad’s loans, according to the FBI report. Long Beach Mortgage was a subprime lending arm of Washington Mutual and has been the news for loan fraud by its loan officers.

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