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Roseville Man Pleads Guilty in Real Estate Fraud

Royce Lee Newcomb has pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud. He admitted that he and Barry Winnett operated a real estate fraud. Twenty-two investors lost $3 million to what amounted to nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.

With all the media attention directed toward real estate fraud and mortgage fraud scams, Newcomb and Winnett nevertheless concocted a scheme in 2009 and 2010 in which Newcomb solicited the investors for his fund to purchase foreclosed homes and place their monies with Countour Escrow Services, which Winnett operated even though he was unlicensed. Both men withdrew the monies for their personal use (escrow fraud) instead of investing it.

Barry Winnett has already pleaded guilty for his role in this real estate investment fraud.

Read the original article in the Sacramento Bee.

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