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Defendant in “Cash for Keys” Fraud Arrested

This is a case of a novel form of fraud.

“Cash for Keys” is a phrase used to describe payments lenders make to homeowners to entice the latter to move out of their foreclosed homes in a timely fashion and without vandalizing them.

Eimbari Kemet, 48, aka John Woodrow Smith, was wanted for allegedly breaking into empty foreclosed homes in Rancho Cucamonga, pretending to be a tenant and then demanding the banks pay him Cash for Keys to move out peacefully. He had been wanted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office on felony real estate fraud charges since February 2012 but was arrested in Georgia after the police stopped him for driving with a broken tail light.

A suspected accomplice of Kemet’s, Quddusa Lynette Anderson, 38, of Patton, has already been sentenced  to 252 days in county jail and ordered to pay restitution to the victims, which in her case were Bank of America and Freddie Mac.

Read the original article in the Press Enterprise.

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