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Mortgage Fraud Suspect Nabbed at the Canadian Border

Christopher J. Warren, 27, a fugitive who fled the country after confessing to close to $1 billion worth of mortgage fraud on his website, was caught February 11 at the Candian border with $70,000 stuff inside his cowboy boots. He was also carrying $1 million in Swiss bank certificates and four ounces of platinum worth more than $1,000 per ounce.

Warren was arrested early Wednesday while entering the United States at Buffalo, N.Y., according to acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence Brown. Brown indicated that Warren carried two fake passports, which he had used to fly first to Ireland on a privately-chartered jet, then to Lebanon and Canada before trying to enter the United States from Toronto by taxi.

Before disappearing on February 3, Warren confessed on the website of Triduanum, a company he is said to have controlled, to a career built on committing massive mortgage fraud, starting with his first job at Ameriquest. The charges against him for which the arrest warrant was issued include mail fraud, bank fraud and operating a continuing financial crimes enterprise with respect to his employment at Loomis Wealth Solutions in Roseville, California. The confession posted on the Triduanum website stated that the activities at Loomis were nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.

A second suspect in the case, Garret Griffith Gililland III, 27, of Chico, was apprehended in Spain in October and is fighting extradition to the U.S.

Authorities say they are still looking for Scott Cavell, 25, of Sacramento, who appeared to have fled the U.S. a day after Warren left.

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