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Former Modesto Real Estate Agent Pleads No Contest in Newman Case

A Modesto real estate agent has avoided prosecution on felony charges of grand theft, forgery and attempted perjury by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of making false or misleading statements to a family who thought they were buying a home in Newman.

Prosecutors alleged that defendant Erica Burdg told Carlos Gonzales that he and his family were purchasing a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Newman, California and took money from them. What occurred instead was that her husband purchased the home and counted the monthly payments from Gonzales as rental payments.

Although the prosecutors dropped all of the felony charges, Carlos Gonzales said he opposed the plea deal and told the judge he preferred the case by tried before a jury.

“(Burdg) has said nothing but lies. They falsified my signature seven times, and yet they still tried to call me a liar.”

After being sentenced, Burdg called the allegations against her “lies” in the courtroom hallway.

In the courtroom, Michael Linn, who is representing the Gonzales family in a civil case against Erica Burdg, told the judge that Burdg had written two phony contracts to commit loan fraud and caused $200,000 in losses for the Gonzales family. He further alleged that she forged Gonzales’ signature on documents, including purchase and rental agreements.

Read the original article in the Modesto Bee.

You can also find three earlier postings on the California Real Estate Fraud Report about the dispute between Erica Burdg and the Gonzales family.

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