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10
May

Man Who Stole South L.A. Homes Sentenced under Three-Strikes

A man who conned elderly people out of their houses in South Los Angeles (elder financial fraud, elder financial abuse), helping himself to nearly $900,000 in their equity, has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison under California’s three-strikes law.

Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus didn’t mince words when describing Timothy Barnett, 49, of An Orange County, saying,  “The worst thing you can do is take somebody’s home” and “Even Bernie Madoff didn’t take people’s homes from them.” Judge Marcus presided over Barnett’s trial, after which the career white-collar criminal was convicted of 17 felony counties of tricking his victims into granting the title to their homes to him. The victims were already in financial distress when Barnett contacted them, prayed with them and promised to help save their homes (loan modification fraud, loan modification scams).

Timothy Barnett’s defense attorney, Amy Konstantelos, promised to appeal, stating that three-strikes was never meant to apply to non-violent offenders.

Read the original article in the Kansas City Star.

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