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Latinos Targeted in Several Affinity Fraud, Mortgage Fraud Cases

Despite efforts by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) to stop loan modification fraud – and even prosecutions by the California Office of the Attorney General to do the same – such activity is still occurring, especially in certain communities.

A recent article in California Watch highlights two such cases.

In the first, George Bolanos, who allegedly operates under multiple names and is unlicensed in real estate, was issued a cease-and-refrain letter by the DRE. Bolanos was advertising loan modification services to Spanish language media and requiring upfront fees, which are illegal in California.

Another recipient of a DRE cease-and-refrain letter is the firm JC Ruiz Capital Group, which also goes by the name Maxima Home Loans. The letter dates to 2009 but the owner is still operating his loan business. JC Ruiz drew the DRE’s attention also for charging upfront fees for loan modifications, which he runs through his other business, called First America Financial Consulting. The Better Business Bureau gives JC Ruiz Capital an “F” rating on its website due to the following reasons, which I copied from their information:

∙ BBB concerns with the industry in which this business operates
∙ Length of time business has been operating25 complaint(s) filed
  against business
∙ Failure to respond to 13 complaint(s) filed against business
∙ 2 complaint(s) filed against business that were not resolved
∙ 14 serious complaint(s) filed against businessOverall complaint
  history with BBB
∙ Government action(s) against business

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