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Archive for the 'Auction Rigging' Category

Sacramento Investor Indicted for Bid Rigging at Foreclosure Auction

October 27th, 2017 at 8:29am

Real estate investor Yama Marifat has been indicted by a federal grand jury. He is accused of conspiring with other real estate investors of rigging bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dozens of real estate investors have been indicted since 2009 in various Northern California counties for bid rigging, in which they agree not to bid against one another. Instead, the conspirators choose one of their group to bid on a property, after which they hold private auctions among themselves.

Bid rigging subverts the competitive process, undermines consumers’ confidence in the market, and will not be tolerated,” says Assistant U.S. Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

Read the original article in the Central Valley Business Times.

Contra Costa County Investors Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Rig Auction Bids

November 18th, 2016 at 10:08am

California real estate investors John Michael Galloway and Nicholas Diaz have each pleaded guilty to one count of bid rigging in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland today.

According to court documents, between June 2008 and January 2011, the two men agreed and conspired with others not to bid against one another, instead setting up a private bidding system. The purpose of that was to suppress competition and to acquire properties at non-competitive prices.

Thus far, 59 persons have either pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in bid rigging at public real estate foreclosure auctions in San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

These investigations are being conducted by the Antitrust Division’s San Francisco Office and the FBI’s San Francisco Office, in connection with the president’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

Five Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging at Foreclosure Auctions

December 10th, 2014 at 8:20am

Five more real estate investors have been indicted on nine counts of fraud and illegally rigging bids at foreclosure auctions in Contra Costa County.

U.S. Department of Justice officials say that John Michael Galloway, Nicholas Diaz, Glenn Guillory, Thomas Joyce, and Charles Rock conspired to defraud mortgage holders and others by bid rigging at foreclosure auctions. As with other similar prosecution, the defendants are alleged to have made prior agreements to not bid against one another and to pay each other for not bidding on some of the properties that their fellow conspirators wanted.

Fifty people have already pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in related cases; another 21 have been charged in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties.

Read the original article in CBS Local.

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