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Whittier Woman Charged in Elder Financial Fraud

A Whittier woman who helped a woman refinance her home in 2009 has been charged with forging loan documents (loan fraud) by taking a second loan out against the victim’s house and gambling with the money.

Sheriff’s Detective Christopher Derry said Helen Hinojos, 45, took the second loan out against an 85 year old woman who is her relative by marriage. Ruth Farias, 69, whose real estate broker’s license was revoked in 2009 and who had prior disciplinary issues with the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), was charged with identity theft. Esmeralda Garcia, 29, was charged with notarizing the forged signature  of the victim on the deed of trust (notary fraud and title fraud) All three women were charged with one court of theft from an elder or dependent adult (elder financial fraud).

This is not the first time Helen Hinojos has been charged with stealing from an elderly person. Earlier this year she was also charged with fraud for taking funds from escrow from an elderly couple, including a second. The couple lost their home as a result.

Read the original article in the Whittier Daily News.

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