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One defendants dies, no bail reduction for accused partner in $142 million mortgage fraud

A man who is accused of running a $142 million mortgage fraud and securities fraud ring in the Murrieta area has been denied a reduction in his bail.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard T. Fields had previously reduced James B. Duncan’s bail from $144 million to $5 million but denied a motion from Duncan’s defense attorney to lower the bail further.

James Duncan and six others were arrested in November 2009 for their participation in an investment scheme that enriched themselves while causing their investors to lose millions in cash and see their homes foreclosed. Duncan’s attorney, James J. Warner, told the court that not only had the district attorney exaggerated the losses but that the real bad guy was Christopher Oetting, who was in charge of setting up the phony companies, soliciting the investors and managing their funds. Oetting hanged himself last month in Palm Desert after pleading guilty to his crimes but alleged that James Duncan was the mastermind and had received millions of dollars from the scheme.

Read the full article in the Press Enterprise.

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