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Mother-daughter team accused of major real estate fraud in Kern County

A mother-daughter team is sitting in Kern County jail after being unable to post bail of $1 million each.

Dawn Marie Kantin, 37, and her 69 year-old mother Alice Kantin, have been charged with dozens of counts of conspiracy, embezzlement, theft, notary fraud and forgery. The charges arise from a real estate fraud scheme in which at least 32 people were cheated out of $2.3 million from 18 homes that went into foreclosure.

Alice Kantin is the owner of Desert Air Real Estate Investments, Inc. in Bakersfield, a company that is not registered with the California Secretary of State.

The Kantins purportedly contracted with homeowners in default to take over their mortgage payments; instead all the homes were lost to foreclosure. In addition, 14 tenants with options to purchase the homes also lost their investments due to the foreclosures.

While mother Alice allegedly put the deeds of the distressed homeowners in her name or that of Desert Air Real Estate Investments while she searched for a renter to purchase the home, daughter Dawn Kantin allegedly busied herself with committing notary fraud. Dawn Kantin is not only not a licensed notary public in California; her application to become one was denied the California Secretary of State’s office because of “substantial and material misstatement or omission in the application” according to by Gordon Isen, Deputy District Attorney of the Kern County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

Read the full article in the Bakersfield Californian.

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