Bryan D’Antonio, 47, Brea, California, and Charles Wayne Farris, 53, Aliso Viejo, California, were arrested for operating the Rodis Law Group and America’s Law Group, businesses that allegedly offered bogus loan modification assistance to struggling homeowners. Ronald Rodis, 49, Irvine, California, an attorney, surrendered to federal agents on charges alleging that he participated in, and lent his name and the law license he formerly possessed to, the fraudulent operation.
Jill M. Evans, owner of Paramount Mortgage of Colorado Ltd., admitted defrauding more than a dozen individuals across the country out of thousands of dollars in fees for mortgages and loans she never delivered. Evans further agreed to pay full restitution to the victims.
Nine individuals have been charged in Colorado with targeting distressed homeowners as part of a fraudulent short-sale scheme that allowed the defendants to ultimately defraud the banks and lenders who held the mortgages for the distressed homeowners.
“It is unconscionable that this group would target financially distressed and vulnerable homeowners by fraudulently taking control of and selling their properties, with the ultimate goal of defrauding the homeowners’ financial institutions and the subsequent homeowners.” said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. “This group took advantage of multiple homeowners, using deception and forged documents, to create illegal profits on the sale of various properties.”
Jeffrey Youngheim, 47, Portage, Indiana, and Richard Loveless, 52, Gary, Indiana, were sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen for their roles in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme.
Rita “Jessica” Martinez, 31, Gilbert Martinez, 35, both of Houston, Texas, and Felix Martinez, 37, New Caney, Texas, have been charged with conspiracy and bank fraud for their alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud Farmers and Merchants Bank, Long Beach, California, of bank loans for themselves and others.
Charles Head, 36, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Benjamin Budoff, 46, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Domonic McCarns, 39, Irvine, California, were found guilty after a five-week trial by a federal jury in Sacramento, California.
David Kaup, 30, San Gabriel, California, who was scheduled to be sentenced in December 2012, but failed to appear in court for his sentencing hearing, was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Paul Hulse, Sr. was sentenced on November 27, 2013, by United States District Court Judge Myron S. Thompson, to the statutory maximum of 10 years imprisonment followed by three years supervised release for interstate transportation of property by fraud. Judge Thompson also sentenced Frank J. Teers to 8 years imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit wire and financial institution fraud, and committing wire fraud and financial institution fraud.
Jeriel Salinas, 32, Bakersfield, California, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud relating to his involvement in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme while working at Crisp & Cole Real Estate.
Nine defendants have been indicted in two separate mortgage fraud cases. Seven defendants were charged together in one case, and two in the second case, together alleging schemes to fraudulently obtain at least four residential mortgage loans totaling more than $1 million from lenders.