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Three Arrested for Luring Struggling Homeowners by Promising to “Kill” Their Mortgages

Two men and a woman in the Santa Rosa area are facing serious charges by the Office of the California Attorney General for allegedly defrauding struggling homeowners (foreclosure fraud).

Ronald Cupp, 58, of Santa Rosa; Randall Heyden, 69, of San Rafael; and Angelle Wertz, 38, of Santa Rosa were arrested  and charged with 57 counts that theft, forgery, notary fraud and recording of false documents through their “” website. Randall Heyden is a licensed real estate broker in Rohnert Park.

The three entrepreneus are alleged to have collected thousands of dollars in upfront fees from $1,000 to $10,000. Cupps’ mortgage company, North Bay Trust Services, was used to fabricate documents that delayed the homeowners’ foreclosure, but according to spokesman Nick Pacillo of the California AG’s Office, did not “kill” the mortgage.

The alleged crimes first were reported to prosecutors in Marin and Sonoma counties but it is still unknown how many homeowners may have been victimized.

”” has been seized by the California Attorney General’s Office in order to both announce the State’s action and to provide a portal through which victims can file complaints. So has North Bay Trust Services.

Read the original article in the Mercury News. There is an updated article in the Press Democrat.

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