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Tarzana Broker Arrested for Mortgage Fraud

A Tarzana man with a history of administrative actions by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) against him has been indicted by a federal grand jury for mail fraud and arrested.

According to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner, Steve Zaven Kessedjian, 48, owned a company in Woodland Hills called Amerilend Inc., which purported to help homeowners refinance their properties. When a couple used Amerilend to refinance their home and take out equity to pay off their credit card debts, Kessedjian was supposed to disburse those funds to the credit card companies through his escrow company called Targa Escrow. Instead, Kessedjian is accused of keeping the $57,343 (escrow fraud).

The couple lost their home to foreclosure after the credit card companies pursued them for the debts and they were unable to pay them along with their new mortgage.

Read the original article in the Central Valley Business Times and also the website for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

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