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Elderly Woman Conned Out of Her Lynwood Home

An 89-year old woman who paid off her home of 40 years in the late 1990s is probably going to lose it to foreclosure (mortgage fraud, elder financial abuse), thanks to a fraud allegedly involving an ex-LAPD officer and a self-annoited Bishop.

Vistula David was conned by Leroy Dowd, 74, a so-called charismatic leader of a South Los Angeles church named the Triumph Church of God. Not only did the elderly woman give Dowd money, she unwittingly signed over the deed to her house (title fraud, real estate fraud). Keta Davis, Vistula’s daughter, says her mother did not know what she was signing.

Dowd took out three loans against the property (all of which I have independently confirmed). To their credit, Wells Fargo and Bank of America cancelled the loans they held after their investigations determined the loans were fraudulent (loan fraud, mortgage fraud). IndyMac, however, is refusing to do so and proceeding with foreclosure, saying that they are merely servicing the loan for the investor.

Claremont Detective David DeMetz, who knows Dowd from another case, calls him “a smooth con artist.” Other detectives believe Dowd was in cahoots with former LAPD officer Darcey Greenfield, who operated a real estate business and whose business Greenfield and McCall took title to Mrs. Graham’s home at one point.

Greenfield is no longer with the LAPD, surrendered her real estate license in October 2011 and has been charged with ten felony counts, all related to real estate fraud, according to San Bernardino deputy district attorney Vance Welch.

Read the original article in NBC Los Angeles.

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