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Two Inland Empire Men Arrested for Foreclosure Fraud

Defaulting homeowners who thought they were out of options thought Stephen Easterly and Emanuel Percival were the answer to their dreams. Easterly,  who was employed by Fidelity Group Realty in Fontana, approached the homeowners in church and told them the banks had to prove they hadn’t done anything fraudulent with respect to the loans. He even paid up their back property taxes and other debts.

But Easterly and Percival were also charging the homeowners for their time. Charging upfront fees to help with loan modification or other mortgage assistance is illegal in California. They also gave the homeowners the impression that the banks had written down the principal, which would lower the homeowners’ monthly payments.

According to Lance Cantos lf San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, both Easterly and Percival are being held on bails of $1 million bail and $500,000 respectively.

Read the original article in KABC-TV Los Angeles.

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