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Central California Coast Has More Than Its Share of Mortgage Fraud

Although many jilted investors have cheered at the recent arrests of the mother-and-son leaders of the bankrupt Paso Robles-based Estate Financial, they are only one group of a growing number of investors in the Central Coast who have had troubles with mortgage and lending firms.

Besides Estate Financial, other hard money lenders who are biting the dust are:

– Atascadero-based Hurst Financial, which had at least $86 million in investments last year, has had its license revoked by the California Department of Corporations and has been accused of fraud in September in filings by the Department of Real Estate. Hurst Financial has been the subject of several posts in the California Real Estate Fraud Report.

– Real Property Lenders of Paso Robles had its license revoked by the Department of Corporations in May. It had about $55 million in loans as of 2007,

– 21st Century Mortgage, also of Paso Robles, closed down abruptly about a year ago with no notice to its investors. Other firms eventually bought most of the loans.

Estate Financial is still the king of fraud allegations at the time of this writing. Their $170-million in loans were frozen and put under court control after the state revoked its license to sell real estate investments. On October 16, Estate Financial’s President, Karen Guth, and her son Joshua Yaguda were arrested at their Paso Robles ranch by investigators from the SLO County District Attorney’s Office.

Read the Full Article in the San Luis Obispo New Times.

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