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Attorney and Wife Convicted of Elaborate Real Estate Fraud in Fresno

A Fresno attorney, his wife and a third person have been convicted in a scheme that covered multiple areas of real estate fraud: title fraud, escrow fraud and use of straw buyers to commit mortgage fraud.

In a joint announcement, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke, said that a jury in U.S. District Judge Sim Lake’s Courtroom found Vincent Wallace Aldridge, Tori Elyse Aldridge and Gilbert Barry Isgar guilty of multiple charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

Vincent Aldridge is a former fee attorney for First Southwestern Title Company and attorney for Aldridge and Associates. Tori Elyse Aldridge worked for First Southwestern Title Company and Gilbert Barry Isgar, a co-owner of Waterford Homes.

The sophisticated real estate fraud began with Isgar inflating the prices of the homes he was selling and Vincent Aldridge recruiting straw buyers for a so-called property investments. He submitted false loan applications to lenders and promised $10,000 to the straw buyers for the use of their credit after escrow closed on the homes. Both Aldridges controlled First Southwestern Title, which they used to fabricate additional attorney’s fee and contractor work (on new homes!) as part of an agreement between themselves and Gilbert Isgar. They then laundered the money to Aldridge’s law firm. None of the illegal proceeds were reported on the HUD Settlement Statements, so lenders were unaware of them.

Read the full article in Fort Bend Now.

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