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Prosecutors Give Sweetheart Deal to Stockton Realtor in Real Estate Fraud

Richard W. Northcutt is one lucky real estate agent: after conspiring with others to rig bids in public auctions of $10 million of foreclosed houses, prosecutors are letting him off easy: 37 months in jail, a fine not to exceed $20,000 and restitution of less than $350,000. In exchange, Northcutt pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to one count of bid rigging and to a violation of the federal Sherman Antitrust Act. The Sherman Antitrust Act could have resulted in a 10 year stint in prison and a $1 million fine.

Northcutt’s is the fourth guilty plea in a case where a group of investors attended auctions in San Joaquin County and conspired to obtain foreclosed homes at artificially low prices by agreeing not to compete against each other. Richard Northcutt gets to keep his real estate license for now, as the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) shows “no disciplinary action” against his license.

Read the full article in SF Gate.

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