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Judge Throws the Book at Ventura Man for Real Estate Fraud

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Patricia Murphy sentenced a Guatemalan man to 15 years in prison in a real estate fraud case in which he stole $788,000 from a man and used the money to buy a $1.8 million home in the Moorpark Country Club Estate development.

Enrique Sandoval Martinez, 46, was convicted in December 2010 of making a false statement, grand theft, money laundering, and three counts of causing a false or forged instrument to be recorded. This was an affinity fraud case, in that Martinez targeted the victim, who was also Spanish-speaking, and who attended the same church as Martinez.

The judge noted Martinez’ sophistication in setting up his victim, his fleeing to Guatemala (before stupidly returning to the United States) and his lack of remorse.

Read the original article in the Ventura County Star.

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