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Laguna Beach father and son charged with appraisal fraud

A father and son team of appraisers who worked closely with subprime lender Quick Loan Funding in Costa Mesa have been charged with appraisal fraud by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers also participated in the investigation.

Landmark Equities Group owner James Meritt Eaton, 60, and his son Brian Changler Eaton, 28, have been charge with more than 20 felony counts of grand theft, conspiracy and fraud. The two men, along with their associate Michael John Bell, are accused of overstating the prices of properties they appraised for Quick Loan Funding, where they had an office. Shockingly, Eaton Sr. is alleged to have gone so far as to fly to his branch office in Dublin, California, where he personally fired an employee for refusing to give him the passwords of other employees so that he could access and change the values of appraisals those employees had performed.

Read the Full Article in the Orange County Register.

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