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Former L.A. firefighter pleads no contest in real estate fraud case

A Los Angeles firefighter who resigned from the department in December 2009 to avoid being fired has now pleaded no contest to numerous felony counts in a real estate fraud prosecution.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Bren Lamont Mathews, 43,  pleaded no context to six counts of forgery, three counts of recording a false or fraudulent instrument and four counts of grand theft, as well as admitting two special allegations of taking more than $500,000. Mathews still holds a real estate broker’s license according the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). His former girlfriend, Joi Rochelle Smith, 34, already has pleaded no contest to one count of recording a false or fraudulent instrument and has received a slap on the wrist of 52 days community service and 3 years probation.

Read the full article in the Los Angeles Times.

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