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Another Guilty Plea in Auction Bid Rigging in Bay Area

A Concord man is the 26th person who has admitted he participated in a Bay Area bid rigging at public auctions for foreclosing homes.

Norman Montalvo is a real estate investor who has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy to rig bidding; he was originally charged with four felonies. The charges included using the mail to “fraudulently acquire title to properties sold at auctions, to send and receive payoffs, and to send money to co-conspirators.”

Montalvo will be fined depending on what the court determines his illegal profits were and up to 30 years in prison – the time it normally takes to pay off a 30-year mortgage.

The case was investigated by the FBI and is being tried in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Read the original article in the Mercury News and the Imperial Valley News.

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