California Real Estate Fraud Report

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Prison time for San Diego real estate fraud execs

Here’s another cautionary tale to investors who think they can earn astronomical returns on their investments.

Luis Madrid and Richard Habib, both formerly of Corporate Funding Financial of America Inc., have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Madrid was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marily Huff to eight years in federal prison, while Habib received a sentence of three years, 10 months. The admitted to defrauding investors out of $50 million and $20 million respectively.

The two con men told the investors they could earn returns of from 14 to 96 percent per year on promissory notes from mortgages but in fact they were running a Ponzi scheme and pocketing the investors’ money.

Read the full article in San Diego 6.

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