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Realtor Uses God to Commit Fraud in Santa Cruz County

Realtor Maria Avila of Rancho Grande Real Estate had a creative marketing plan to find buyers of her listed properties: she advertised to migrant farm workers and convinced them they could afford to buy one of her houses.

Alberto and Rosa Ramirez, their friend Jesus Martinez and his wife and the couples’ combined 6 children were in a new house in Hollister by Christmas of 2005. Part of Avila’s pitch was that she had narrowly escaped death in Cancun months before and had promised God she would help a low-income family.

What Avila did not tell the borrowers was that, in order to qualify them for the teaser loan she submitted, Mr. Ramirez had been “promoted” to being the owner of an agricultural farm, not a strawberry picker. When their loan adjusted months later, all hell broke loose.

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