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Riverside Men Plead Guilty in $150 Million Mortgage Fraud

James Benjamin Duncan, 40, and Maurice Emil McLeod, 38, have pleaded guilty to to marketing fraudulent securities in a massive mortgage fraud scheme that the Riverside District Attorney said was a major factor in the losses to value in real estate in Corona, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Palm Desert and Riverside.

Five other defendants have been charged and are awaiting trial: Charlie Sung Muk Choi, 35, Thuan Nhan Du, 34, Cindi Gayle Kelly, 34, Hendrix Moreno Montecastro, 38, and Montecastro’s mother, Helen Moreno Pedrino, 59.

The alleged crimes by the defendants include securities fraud, grand theft, identity theft and elder financial abuse. Prosecutors believe that the total victms may be in the hundreds.

Read the full article in the Southwest Riverside News Network.

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