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Hendrix Montecastro’s Attorneys File for New Trial

Daniel Greenberg, the attorney for Hendrix Montecastro and his mother Helen Pedrino, has filed a motion for a new trial eight months the pair were convicted by a Riverside County jury in a $142 million real estate investment fraud and securities scam.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Vicki Hightower is not surprised by the legal maneuver and said she is prepared to have prosecution witnesses available on January 21, when Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost said he would hear the motion.

Hendrix Montecastro was convicted of more than 300 felonies in the case, which prosecutors had alleged was a Ponzi scheme that fell apart when the real estate market collapsed. The 26 victims were said to have lost their life savings and homes as a result.

Helen Pedrino, the so-called “master recruiter,” of some of the victims, was convicted of 54 criminal charges, including a white-collar crime enhancement for felony theft or embezzlement.

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