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Mar

$142 Million Hendrix Montecastro Trial Will Go to Jury Soon

One of the biggest real estate investment fraud trials in the history of Riverside County (or anywhere) will soon be in the hands of the jury.

Jurors in the trial in which prosecutors accuse Hendrix Montecastro and his mother, Helen Pedrino, of felony crimes and securities investment fraud have concluded their closing arguments.

The trial is being heard in front of Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost.

Hendrix Montecastro, 40, stands accused of being at the center of a Ponzi scheme that numbers 27 victims. Helen Pedrino, 61, has been accused as recruiting five of the victims.

Two other defendants, purported “mastermind” James Duncan, and Maurice McLeod, have already pleaded guilty, as have several other co-conspirators/defendants.

Read the original article in the Press Enterprise.

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