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18 charged with mortgage fraud in Bay Area

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco are reporting the arrest of 18 people for mortgage fraud in the Bay Area.  Among the arrested are a mortgage broker, eight real estate agents and three (now) former employees of financial institutions.

All were indicted following a federal grand jury investigation, which resulted in the defendants being charged with bank fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy. 

The mortgage broker is Wazhma Rahimi, 27, of Antioch. The real estate agents are Vangeline Broyles, 46, of Redwood City; Maria Comfort, 46, of Daly City; Jeanie Cusing, 48, of San Mateo; Ginger Daniels, 31, of Oakland; Wilfredo Pascual, 51, of Daly City; Leonora Pomar, 56, of Colma; Gina Tchikovani, 43, of Redwood City; and Roy Cervantes, 31, of Lincoln (Placer County).

The financial institution employees are Ciu Du, 35, of San Francisco, and Marilyn Infante, 66, also of San Francisco, both of whom were employed at Washington Mutual.  Joseph Pugliese, 42, of Novato, worked for Countrywide Home Loans.

The remaining defendants are Noriberto Agustin, 51, of Daly City; John Bernabe, 42, of Redwood City; Sam Bowley, 56, of Vallejo; Cleofe Nogavich, 46, of Sunnyvale; Clarin Tambot-Quermit, 29, of Daly City; and Ricardo Tang, 51, of San Francisco.

Read the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle, aka SFGate, the Marin Independent Journal and the San Jose Mercury News.

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