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5 defendants sentenced in Los Angeles in foreclosure fraud

U.S. District Judge George H. King sentenced five people convicted in a foreclosure fraud scheme that victimized homeowners in foreclosure who were seeking assistance.

Judge King meted out the harshest sentence and criticism to Edward Seung Ok, who received 15 years in prison for his crimes. According to the judge, Ok fell “far short in the full acceptance of responsibility”. Among other things, Ok used the $4.6 million he stole to buy drugs and alcohol and a Lamborghini Gallardo. He violated his plea agreement by trying to hide from investigators the $1.6 million he transferred to the Bank of Nevis on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

Ringleader Martha Rodriguez was sentenced to 10 years and agreed to forfeit $900,000 in cash seized by the feds (see, crime does pay), interest in five homes and a truck. She spearheaded the scheme for which she was convicted while being free on bond after being charged with other real estate crimes.

Ok, Rodriguez and fellow convicted defendants Maria G. Juarez, Vladimir Stefanovic and Cynthia Valenzuela (she worked on the escrow fraud side) preyed upon homeowners in default and promised they could help save their homes by selling their homes to buyers provided by the defendants. In realty, the buyers were “straw buyers” who had no intention of purchasing the distressed properties.

Read the full article on Southern California Public Radio. More recent articles appeared in the Orange County Register and the National Mortgage Professional.

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