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Premiere One Lending Owner Sentenced, Order to Pay Restitution in $30 Million Mortgage Fraud

The owner of a Pasadena mortgage brokerage firm was sentenced to nine years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter for operating an ambitious mortgage fraud scheme that victimized both lenders and borrowers.

According to U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., Eduardo Ruiz, 33, and his co-defendants, sister Gilma Ruiz, 36, and 26-year-old brother Francisco Ruiz, submitted fraudulent loan applications on behalf of borrowers, many of whom did not speak English. At least 20 of the borrowers subsequently lost their homes to foreclosure, homes they never could have purchased if the applications had been submitted containing truthful information. Gilma and Francisco each received 18 month sentences, but that’s not much considering up to $30 million of the loans were fraudulent and the restitution ordered by the court against Eduardo is $5.7 million.

Eduardo Ruiz and his employees in 2005 and 2006 falsely inflated the income of more than 100 borrowers seeking home loans, officials said. Many of them did not speak English and were unaware of the fraud.

According to Leslie P. DeMarco, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS – Criminal Investigations Los Angeles Office, “Eduardo Ruiz and his cohorts knew the borrowers never had a prayer of making their mortgage payments and that many of the loans would go into foreclosure. Mortgage fraud crimes drive buyers into foreclosure, leave lenders burdened with bad loans and leave neighborhoods with abandoned and deteriorating properties.”

Read the original article in the Pasadena Star News.

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