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Light sentence for real estate agent Kyle Grasso in Beverly Hills fraud

Kyle Grasso, a central figure in the Beverly Hills real estate fraud and mortgage fraud conspiracy that captured headlines and temporarily resulted in his enrichment at the expense of Westside property owners as well as contributing to the fall of Lehman Brothers Bank, received a sentence of only a year and a day in jail. Grasso was also ordered to repay a portion of the $13 million restitution that was determined to be the losses for the crimes he and his co-conspirators committed. Grasso was convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud, loan fraud and money laundering.

U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson imposed the sentence. Inexplicable to me is how Judge Pregerson could refer to the sentencing as “difficult” because “Mr. Grasso is fundamentally a decent person. Sometimes people make stupid decisions.” Yes, Judge, but fundamentally decent persons don’t conspire to steal $13 million. It is only logical to assume that Grasso and his mortgage fraud gang would have stolen more if they hadn’t gotten caught.

No wonder there is so much real estate fraud and mortgage fraud: judges feel badly about sentencing criminals but not for the havoc their crimes wreaked on the local real estate market.

** Now for a truly macabre twist: Syd Leibovitch, owner of Los Angeles-based Rodeo Realty, sent out an announcement to Realtors two days ago that he has hired Joseph Babajian, the former partner and real estate agent who was also charged in the Beverly Hills mortgage fraud but was the only one who was acquitted of the approximately dozen charged. Why anyone would want to brag about hiring Babajian or even think it is a good idea has many of us who have remained scandal-free scratching our heads.

Read the full article on CBS News.

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