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Oceanside Telemarketers Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Homeowners

Shelveen Singh, a telemarketer for 1st American Law Center, has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud for his role in an operation that falsely promised to modify home mortgages.

Singh’s co-worker, Johnathon Hearn, 31, of Oceanside, received two years in prison for his role.

Three others who were previously sentenced are Gary Bobel (92 months); Scott Thomas Spencer (43 months); and Travis Iverson (two years).

The business took in more than $11 million from 4,000 vulnerable homeowners.

Mincing no words, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez called Singh a “dirty businessman,” noting the Corona resident had been required in a previous case to make restitution to victims. He not only failed to do so but went on a spending spree and then filed for bankruptcy protection.

The remaining defendants are Dean Gregory Chandler, the law center’s co-owner and attorney, and its call center manager Michael Eccles. The two faces charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, telemarketing fraud, conspiracy and money laundering when their trial takes place in March 2014.

Read the original article in the San Diego Union Tribune.

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