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Apr

Grand jury indicts 3 in loan modification scam

Three people have been charged in an 83 count indictment by a Santa Clara County grand jury for loan modification fraud.  The crimes that are alleged include enticing homeowners in foreclosure by promising them principal reduction that involved selling the homeowners’ loans to investors (or straw buyers) and then reselling the home at a lower price back to the original homeowners.

Prosecutors allege that San Jose residents Rene Alvarez and Mariano Ortega, and Cydney Sanchez of Los Angeles, were part of a seven state scam that involved 400 homeowners and the theft of more than $2 million.

The district attorney’s office states that Alvarez and Ortega owned and operated M&R Contemporary Solutions Inc., a Campbell-based “foreclosure consulting” company from 2008 to 2009. Sanchez was the owner/operator of West Coast Mortgage and Horizon Property Holdings in Beverly Hills.

The only good news in this story is that M&R’s bank accounts were frozen so that the victims could receive restitution if the defendants are found to be guilty.

Read the full article in the San Jose Business Journal.

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