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Sentencing Delayed in Hendrix Montecastro, Helen Pedrino Real Estate Investment Fraud

Hendrix Montecastro and his mother, Helen Pedrino, have caught a lucky break: their new attorney managed to get their sentencing reset for August 8.

Montecastro and Pedrino had represented themselves at the 86-day trial, in which prosecutors had accused him and the other defendants of fleecing victims out of a staggering $142 million. Similar to a Ponzi scheme, money was brought in by the defendants by holding seminars and setting up shell companies to take in money from the victims, who were located primarily in Riverside County and Palm Springs.

Mastermind James Duncan and Charles McLeod, pleaded guilty, and are already serving time in jail as they await their sentences, after agreeing to cooperate and testify against Montecastro and Pedrino, both of whom are sitting in jail.

Read the original article in the Press Enterprise. There are also numerous articles about this case on the California Real Estate Fraud Report.

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