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Cedar Funding Real Estate Fraud Case Winding Down

The former owner of Monterey-based Cedar Funding, David Nilsen, 61, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding investors in a $100 million real estate investment fraud. As part of his sentence, Nilsen, a mortgage broker, has also been ordered to repay $70 million to his jilted investors.

Nilsen is seen by many in his profession, law enforcement and his investors as a once-honest professional who made bad decisions once the real estate melt-down began. His victims, many of whom had known Nilsen during better times, trusted him and sank their entire life’s savings into his mortgage fund. Some of them have forgiven him, believe the prison sentence is fair and moved on while others believe he should have received 25 years behind bars.

Manoel Errico, Cedar Funding’s loan manager, has fled the United States and is a fugitive from justice.

David Nilsen’s real estate license has been revoked by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE).

Read the original article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

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