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All in the Family Fraud Ring Busted in San Bernardino

A past felony conviction and prison term didn’t stop Andrew Whitaker, 52, and ten of his relatives and associates from committing predatory lending crimes against San Bernardino County residents in Rancho Cucamonga to the tune more than $2 million in fraudulent mortgages.

San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Larry Roberts said the victims were homeowners trying to stay out of foreclosure who thought they were obtaining refinancing. Instead, their homes were sold to straw buyers after whatever equity that existed was sucked out by the Whitakers through inflated commissions and escrow fees.

Whitaker’s daughter Heather Nicole Whitaker served as president of two companies — Nationwide Discount Home Loans and Preferred Metropolitan Escrow Inc. were run by Whitaker’s daughter, Heather Nicole Whitaker, who served as the president. His ex-wife wife Majgan (Mona) Cox, of ReMax/Allegiance Realty was the licensed real estate broker. Current wife Karren Whitaker was the licensed real estate appraiser doing business as Pacific Coast Realty Appraisals Inc.

The Whitakers’ scheme, for which they obtained mortgages of more than $2 million, operated by providing non-existent down payments and untrue information about the buyer’s credit and income on the loan applications. Once the loans were funded, they were quickly sold to Countrywide, which was unaware of the deception.

Read the Full Article in The Press Enterprise 

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