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Archive for December, 2016

Santa Maria Men Charged in Real Estate Fraud of Short Sale Properties

December 16th, 2016 at 12:09pm

Two men have been charged by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office  with allegedly committing real estate fraud that cost Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at least $500,000.

Angelo Gabriel Naemi, 36, was charged with five counts of grand theft by false pretenses, and one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft. Steven Paul Gonzales, 61, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft.
“The complaint alleges that Naemi, a real estate salesperson, and Gonzales, a real estate broker, conspired to falsify documents in association with numerous short sale transactions,” the District Attorney’s Office said.  The complaint against both men also includes special allegations for aggravated white collar crime and excessive losses.

Gonzales became sole owner of CornerStone Real Estate in Santa Maria in 2012 while Naemi is listed as a sales associate with the firm which has an office at 411 E. Betteravia Road, Suite 101.

Read the original article on Noozhawk.

Vacaville Man Seeks New Trial after Being Convicted in Real Estate Fraud Case

December 8th, 2016 at 5:50pm

Richard D. Lamphere, 53, who was found guilty by a jury in September on four of five charges in relation to a real estate fraud case, has indicated through his new attorneys his intent to seek a new trial.

The case against Lamphere dates back more than 10 years and concerns two men who were defrauded out of more than a combined $1.3 million in an Oroville real estate scheme. Both men gave Lamphere their money in the hopes that they would profit from Lamphere’s real estate investment project. Prosecutors, however, presented evidence that he used the victims’ investment money for his personal use.

One of the men, sued  Richard Lamphere in civil court and was awarded $1.9 million. This proceeded the filing of criminal charges by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.

Read the original article in TheReporter.com.

 

Operator of Mercury Business Group Pleads Guilty in Foreclosure Consultant Fraud Case

December 8th, 2016 at 5:39pm

Patrick Iturra, 46, of Canyon Lake, pleaded guilty to two counts of foreclosure consultant fraud and three counts of felony grand theft, according to Ventura County prosecutors.

Iturra, who operated a business called Mercury Business Group, was accused of promising homeowners he could save their properties from foreclosure if they paid him upfront fees.

In addition to facing a possible jail sentence, Iturra “will be ordered to pay restitution to the victims,” say prosecutors.

Read the original article in the Ventura County Star.

 

Loomis Man Sentenced for Third Fraud Scheme

December 8th, 2016 at 5:29pm

Loomis resident Peter Kuzmenko, 38, has been sentenced to 6.5 years for his part in a fraud scheme and ordered to pay $573,332 in restitution to the IRS, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

The prison sentence amounts to nothings, as Kuzmenko, who was previously convicted in two mortgage fraud cases in California’s Easterrtgage fraud cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, will serve his sentence concurrently with the 21 years in prison has has received for those cases.

Read the original article in the Sacramento Bee.

Petaluma Man Sentenced for Mortgage Modification Scam in Front of His Victims

December 6th, 2016 at 8:58am

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Robert LaForge has ordered Miguel Lopez to serve one year in jail and pay nearly $250,000 in restitution to the more than 80 people he victimized by promising to reduce their mortgage payments in exchange for a fee. Teary eyed victims sat in the courtroom watching it all go down.

Lopez, a Petaluma resident, pleaded no contest to grand theft and embezzlement in October. Sixteen of his victims read their statements in the courtroom and many cried about their suffering and how the long ordeal caused them to lose faith in the legal system.

The $250,000, which Lopez’ defense plans to appeal, will only cover the $1,995 each of the homeowners paid him.

Read the original article in ABC7News.com

 

Long Beach Man Sentenced for “Stay In Your Home Today” Mortgage Fraud

December 6th, 2016 at 8:37am

Long Beach resident Karl Robinson, 52, was sentenced to four years in federal prison after pleading guilty in August to one count of bankruptcy fraud.

Prosecutors had accused Robinson of operating a five-year scheme under his own name and companies he created such as “Stay In Your Home Today,” “21st Century Development” and “Genesis Ventures Corporation.” He purportedly brought in close to $3 million from the distressed homeowners who fell for his scam, which included false promises by Robinson that he could save their homes.

As part of the scheme, Robinson filed falsified grant deeds with county recorders and other fake documents in state court eviction proceedings to make it appear that fictional debtors held interests in the distressed properties. In a plea agreement, Robinson admitted that he misused notary stamps of other individuals in order to fake signatures on legal documents (notary fraud) and that he charged distressed homeowners additional fees if they wanted to unwind fake filings.

“This scheme was never about providing assistance to distressed homeowners,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement. “It was about lying to distressed homeowners and collecting fees based on false promises. This defendant abused the bankruptcy system and stole identities to perpetrate his fraudulent scheme.”

The case against Robinson was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kerry L. Quinn of the Major Frauds Section.

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