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Victims of Foreclosure Fraud Witness Sentencing of Global Team Consulting Operator in Ventura

Luz Lechuga was one of many who lost her home due to the actions of individuals who charged upfront fees in a foreclosure rescue scam. In court, she watched as the judged handed down a harsh sentence to one of the defendants.

Laura Cecilia Carlson, 66, of Hacienda Heights was sentenced by Ventura County Superior Court Judge James Cloninger to 11 years and eight months in prison. She must also pay $63,900 to her victims as restitution. Carlson was a licensed real estate agent who managed Global Team Consulting, training its employees to collect upfront/advance fees from homeowners in distress in exchange for getting their lenders to reduce the principal balances on their homes. Victims, who were not very sophisticated, were told to stop paying their lenders and direct their mortgage payments to Carlson’s company.

After hearing the verdict, Ms. Lechuga said “I feel better. Yes, this is justice.”

In meting out the sentence Judge Coninger addressed Carlson and said “You ruined people’s lives, you and your crime partners.” Referring to Luz Lechuga, the judge added “You took her to the brink of suicide with the harm that you inflicted. They were drowning, and so you all decided to throw them an anchor to make sure they would drown.”

The case was prosecuted by Dominic Kardum of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, who also obtained convictions against co-defendants Victoria Santos, Juan Alvarado Cervantes and Felipe Castro. The final defendant, Jose Miguel Aguilar, is a fugitive from justice.

Read the original article in the Ventura County Star.

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