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Five San Diego Residents Plead Guilty in Mortgage Fraud, Appraisal Fraud Conspiracy

Five people, including two married couples, have pleaded guilty for their roles in a large-scale mortgage fraud case that has resulted in 26 indictments thus far.

The first couple is Al and Leila Siapno. They pleaded guilty to wire fraud when they lied on their loan application to refinance their home. Al Siapno, 35, is a Border Patrol agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in San Diego.

Co-conspirator, Matthew McIntyre, 40, is (was?) a licensed real estate appraiser. He pleaded guilty to lying on an application in order to get a loan by creatively including another person’s assets as his own.

The second couple to plead guilty is David Berkenfield, 32, and Kristin Berkenfield, 31. They admitted to overstating their income in order to get a loan.

Read the original article in Mortgage Daily.

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