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Hendrix Montecastro, Helen Pedrino Sentencings Delayed

Sentencing for Hendrix Montecastro and his mother Helen Pedrino, who were both convicted in what prosecutors said was a massive real estate and securities investment scam and Ponzi scheme that spanned several states, has been delayed until June.

Montecastro, 40, who acted as his own attorney, was convicted of over 100 felony charges, has a new attorney hired by his family to review approximately 8,000 in court documents, obviously looking for a procedural error that could cause the attorney to file a motion for a new trial. If his attorney, Daniel Greenberg, fails, Montecastro could receive a state prison sentence of 124 years.

Helen Pedrino, who was characterized as the recruiter of the victims, who lost their homes, savings and good credit standing, faces 17 years in state prison if her new court-appointed attorney cannot find something in the court transcripts to warrant a new trial.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Vicki Hightower was the prosecutor and the case was heard before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost. Judge Prevost struck down 13 of the guilty verdicts, saying they were not in proper form, which Hightower attributed to clerical errors.

Read the original article in the Press Enterprise.

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