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Ward real estate case results in arrests

The San Joaquin County D.A.’s Office has completed a three year investigation into a Tracy, California brokerage, resulting in the arrests of the firm’s chief executive and a second person.

Ward Real Estate Brokerage & Foreclosure Services Inc., no longer in business, was the focus of multiple complaints. Authorities believe $4.5 million was stolen from investors through a house-flipping scheme that promised high returns but failed when the real estate market turned sour.

Leesa Marie Ward, 45, of Lodi, was arraigned on a 46-count felony indictment by a criminal grand jury, which charged her with tax evasion, grand theft and securities fraud. Alison Ann Jensen, 45, of Pleasanton turned herself in and was booked on identical charges. Bail for each licensed real estate broker is set at $3 million. Jensen’s broker’s license has expired, but Ward’s is still active with the California DRE.

Some of the victim’s of this alleged investment scam were elderly.

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