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Fourth Guilty Plea in Sacramento Mortgage Fraud

Melissa Villegas, 31, a former loan officer at Landmark Realty Co., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in which she and her former husband, Rick Villegas, 33, knowingly submitted fraudulent loan applications from straw buyers. They did this to help Robert Martinson, 48, unload properties he had purchased under an LLC. Robert Martinson owned and operated a branch of MAC Real Estate Services in North Highlands out of a gym, using his wife’s name and license.

Rick Villegas and Robert Martinson have both already pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Kathleen DeLapp, 47, who was a loan processor for MAC Real Estate Services and an account executive for Aegis Mortgage, pleaded guilty to misprision, or concealing knowledge.

The case resulted from a joint investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the California Department of Real Estate (DRE).

Read the full article in the Sacramento Bee.

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