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20
Mar

Judge Throws the Book at Defendant Who Was Part of Rincon Hill Gang Real Estate Fraud

One of the principal defendants in the real estate fraud that almost cost a woman her multi-million dollar condominium in San Francisco, is going to to prison for a long time, thanks to the jury that convicted him and the judge who pronounced his sentence.

Jay Shah, 48, was convicted last September of more than a dozen felony charges, along with former tennis instructor Winston Lum. They and others attempted to steal the luxury condo belonging to Shirley Hwang located at One Rincon Hill. Hwang herself discovered the scam when she was mistakenly sent title and other documents sent to her other address and alerted authorities immediately.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlene Kiesselbach prounounced a sentence of 20 years on Jay Shah and further ordered him to pay $14.1 million – double the amount purportedly stolen.

San Francisco prosecutors, including Assistant District Attorney Sandip Patel, said Shah and Lum conspired with others to create fraudulent real estate documents (title fraud) in order to transfer expensive properties in the names of co-conspirators. They would then drain all of the equity from the properties by taking out loans (loan fraud, mortgage fraud) and deposit it through their shell companies (money laundering).

Another of the co-defendants in this case was Kaushal Niroula, who was convicted in this scam as well as the murder of Clifford Lambert. Both he and defrocked attorney David Replogle are serving life sentences for that crime, after both were convicted.

Read the original article in KTVU.com and the San Francisco Examiner.

There are also many postings on the California Real Estate Fraud Report about the inception of this crime as well as the trials of David Replogle and Kaushal Niroula, which you can locate by using the search tool on the left side of the page.

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