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Escrow Officer Pleads Guilty in Southern California Mortgage Fraud, Escrow Fraud Scheme

Donna Demello, a former escrow officer at Stewart Title in Milpitas, has pleaded guilty in federal court in to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

Demello played an instrumental role in a mortgage fraud orchestrated by Delbert McConville in which straw buyers were paid $5,000 – $10,000 for the use of their names and credit histories so that McConville could purchase hundreds of condominiums in Southern California. In order to facilitate the fraud, fraudulent loan applications were submitted regarding the straw buyers; Demello was the gatekeeper who approved about 80 loans. Further, Demello admitted that the huge marketing fees paid to McConville on each transaction – about $150,000 – were concealed by her deliberately creating two HUD-1 final settlement statements. The phony version that did not show the fraudulent fees was sent to the lender, whereas the accurate one was sent to the sellers of the condominiums.

The corporate entities either owned or controlled by Delbert McConville were Diamond House Development, La Mirage HA, Emerald Park Housing, Hi Investments, Kearny Mesa Townhomes LLC, Stonemark Asset Portfolio, Sunset Drive Media, 3 Mac Asset Portfolio, 3 Mac Development Corporation, and Sapphire Park House.

Read the full article in the Mortgage Relief Project.

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