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Archive for the 'Elder Financial Fraud' Category

Fresno, California Couple Accused of Financial Elder Abuse

December 9th, 2017 at 9:14am

Fatemeh Sanifar, an elderly California woman, is suing a Fresno County couple, alleging financial elder abuse.

Sanifar’s attorney filed a complaint October 2 in Fresno County Superior Court against Sunnie Maris, Peter Maris and Does 1-15, alleging they breach of good faith and fair dealing.

The lawsuit stems from a real estate transaction that Sanifar entered into with the defendants in April, 2016 to purchase a property. She alleges the property was very overpriced at $485,000 instead of a market value of no more than $250,000.

Read the original article in the Northern California Record.


Two Long Beach Men Charged in Real Estate Fraud of Elderly, Deceased Persons

November 15th, 2017 at 8:42am

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is seeking other possible victims in an identity theft and real estate fraud scheme after arresting real estate broker Andrew Hutchings, 59, and Ronald Hoch, 60.

The men are charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with identity theft, forgery, procuring and offering a false instrument, grand theft and money laundering involving homes located in the cities of Los Angeles, Lakewood, Hemet and Westlake Village.

LASD-Nixle states “The defendants allegedly impersonated the victims and then sold, or attempted to sell the victims’ homes, or obtained loans using the victims’ homes as collateral,” the release stated. “Proceeds from the fraud were laundered by purchasing gold coins from out of state companies, and shipping the coins to mail boxes in California which were obtained under false names.”

Read the original article in the Long Beach Post.

Man Charged with Stealing Identities, Forging Real Estate Documents

September 14th, 2017 at 12:31pm

Vu Hoang Ho has been charged the the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office with stealing the identities of deceased persons or “living elderly victims.” He allegedly forged their names on real estate documents and recorded them with the L.A. County Recorder’s Office so that he could acquire them (title fraud), says the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Ho then tried to re-sell the properties to buyers who were unaware of what had transpired.

The case was investigated by the Real Estate Fraud Unit of the Sheriff’s Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau.

Read the original article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and

Senior couple accuses wife’s daughter of elder financial abuse

May 19th, 2017 at 9:49am

A senior couple are accusing a relative of fraud and elder abuse.

Senior citizens Nellie Bertucci and Robert Bertucci filed a complaint on April 5 in the San Francisco County Superior Court against  Nellie’s daughter, Angelique Tavares and Does 1 to 50. The complaint alleges elder financial abuse, fraud and other counts related to Tavares convincing her mother to transfer her interest in the Bertucci’s property to Tavares and then not returning it when the parents asked.

Read the original article in the Northern California Record.


San Mateo County Gets Aggressive in Chasing Real Estate Fraud, Mortgage Fraud

May 5th, 2017 at 9:24am

According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office is going to be aggressively investigating people attempting to take out fraudulent liens on a property (title fraud), trying to con the elderly out of their homes (elder financial abuse, elder financial fraud) or anyone falsifying real estate documents.

With a new $3 document recording fee and property values rising, the County Board of Supervisors set up a Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund that will be used to investigate criminals.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and his office have received almost 300 complaints of real estate fraud since 2014.

Appeals Court Upholds $23 Million Award for Disabled Siblings Defrauded by Contractor

March 17th, 2017 at 9:11am

This month California’s Second Appellate District, Division Two, Court of Appeal upheld an award (case no. BC495095) of $21 million in punitive damages and $2.2 million in compensatory damages against building contractor Noam Bouzaglou, and his shell corporation, Ness Adam, Inc. for defrauding siblings Kathleen McGinty and Tim McGinty, in order to obtain their 1948 home in Santa Monica.

Kathleen suffers from autism and Tim (now deceased) from bipolar disorder, depression and substance addiction.

After their garage was red-tagged by the City of Santa Monica in 2010, they hired Noam Bouzaglou to do the repairs. A series of events and meetings that occurred between Bouzaglou, attorney Andrew J. Stern and the McGintys that resulted in the latter transferring their home to Bouzaglou.

Jeanne Haworth, the trustee after Tim McGinty‘s death, found out that the home was in escrow for $1.55 million and contacted the original estate planning attorney Joe Girard of LA Elder Law, who filed a lawsuit to stop the sale.

“If this sale had gone through, $1.55 million could have disappeared overnight,” said Girard. “Once we got the real estate under control of the judge, Jeanne and Kathleen had more security.”

Read the original article in PRWeb and on the LA Elder Law website.

Newport Coast Man Charged in Financial Elder Abuse of 95-Year-Old Woman

February 17th, 2017 at 11:30am

Thomas Chapman Hood, a 68-year-old Newport Coast man, has been charged with financial elder abuse of a 95-year-old woman with dementia by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Specifically, the charges are 19 felony counts of forgery, one felony count of first degree residential burglary to commit larceny and financial elder abuse, and one felony count of theft from an elder, with sentencing enhancement allegations for non-accomplices being present during residential burglary, aggravated white collar crime over $500,000, and property loss of over $200,000

Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder said Hood, who was employed part-time as an assistant to the trustee, allegedly forged the trustee’s signature on checks totaling $534,850 dollars between March 2015 and September 2016. It was the trustee who discovered the fraud when he tried to make a payment from the woman’s bank account to to her assisted living home which was denied due to insufficient funds.

Thomas Chapman Hood is a licensed real estate broker. Check his license status with the California Bureau of Real Estate.

Hood allegedly used the stolen money to pay for his personal expenses, including credit card bills and a 2-week vacation in Paris, France, according to the press release by the Orange County District Attorney.

Read the original article in The Patch and Behind the Badge OCSD.


East Palo Alto Woman Charged with Elder Abuse against Aunt’s Home

November 18th, 2016 at 10:46am

Shirley Venoya Remmert, 69, lived with her aunt home and provided care to the 96-year old.  The aunt, who suffered from mild cognitive impairment, signed a quitclaim deed to the house to Remmert, who then recorded the deed in January 2016. Remmert allegedly isolated the elderly woman from her family members, who then notified the bank of possible abuse. The bank in turn reported this to San Mateo County Adult Protective Services.

A later investigation by the Public Guardian’s Office, Adult Protective Services, and East Palo Alto Police revealed that Shirley Remmert withdrew somewhere between $40,000 and $80,000 from her aunt’s bank account without the elder woman’s knowledge or permission. Further, the aunt was not aware she signed a quitclaim deed and believed she still owned the house.

Read the original article in Palo Alto Online.

Elderly Thousand Oaks California Couple Face Eviction after Being Scammed by Grandson

July 29th, 2016 at 11:25am

Hank Kawecki and Helen Kawecki are about to be evicted from their home of 56 years.

Chadd Moore, their grandson, offered to “help” his grandparents two years ago when they needed a loan. He proposed they put their house in his name while he supported them financially for the rest of their lives.

Moore then mortgaged the property and defaulted on the almost $500,000 he took out on three loans. He purportedly spent all the money in Las Vegas.

Neighbor Doug Emerson has been helping the Kaweckis and has started a GoFundMe page to pay for legal fees to fight the eviction, which has been stayed for 60 days by a judge.

Read the original article in the New York Daily News.

Protesters March to Doorsteps of Real Estate Firm to Save ‘Thug Mansion’

July 27th, 2016 at 8:23am

Protesters hoping to help save an elderly woman’s home blocked off the entrance to Vanguard Properties at 21st and Mission streets on July 16. The home, located at 117 Ripley Street in Bernal Heights, is the subject of a sale an eviction by one of Vanguards real estate agents.

The protesters accused real estate agent Shelley Trew of “fraud, elder abuse, and greed” for coercing the 76-year-old owner of the house  into signing over the rights to her family home in 2013. According to and article in  Mission Local, “The elderly woman, they said, signed the contract after Trew offered to help her ‘find out how much her house is worth,’ but was unaware that its stipulations included the sale and evictions of herself and some nine tenants.”



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