4 Indicted on Mortgage and Foreclosure Rescue Charges

admin —  May 5, 2013 — 3 Comments

Lynda Finch-Estrada, 54, Las Vegas, Nevada, William Chrissikopoulos, 43, Las Vegas, Alan Dornhuber, 63, Las Vegas, Nevada, and William Patterson, 51, El Monte, California, were charged in a 15 count indictment returned by a grand jury. The defendants are alleged to have participated in mortgage and foreclosure rescue schemes.

The defendants were indicted on April 22, 2013.

Operating under the name USFP, Estrada, Chrissikopoulos, Dornhuber, and Patterson pushed a so-called forensic audit promising clients that if a forensic audit of their mortgage uncovered one or more Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act violations, clients would be entitled to a legal remedy resulting in the elimination of their mortgage obligation.

Defendants also peddled an “administrative process” by falsely claiming that sending documents to various entities signed and fingerprinted in accordance with specific instructions including the use of multi-colored inks had legal significance which would result in clients obtaining their home free and clear of their mortgage.

Finally, defendants sold a program whereby clients would obtain their home free and clear of their mortgage by quitclaiming their home to a nonprofit, American Home Rescue, paying rent to the alleged nonprofit for a period of time, and then having the nonprofit deed the home back to the clients.

The defendants typically charged $6,295-$12,990 up front for one or multiple programs but failed to deliver the promised services.

Estrada and Chrissikopoulos were indicted on four counts of theft, two counts of theft from a person 60 years of age or older, four counts of mortgage lending fraud, one count of pattern of mortgage lending fraud, one count of multiple transactions involving fraud and deceit in the course of enterprise of occupation, and two counts of preventing or dissuading victim, person acting on behalf of victim, or witness from reporting crime, commencing prosecution or causing arrest.

Dornhuber was indicted on five counts of theft, two counts of theft against a person 60 years of age or older, four counts of mortgage lending fraud, one count of pattern of mortgage lending fraud, one count of multiple transactions involving fraud and deceit in the course of enterprise of occupation, and two counts of preventing or dissuading victim, person acting on behalf of victim, or witness from reporting crime, commencing prosecution or causing arrest.

Patterson was indicted on two counts of theft against a person 60 years of age or older, two counts of mortgage lending fraud, one count of pattern of mortgage lending fraud, and one count of multiple transactions involving fraud and deceit in the course of enterprise of occupation.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced the charges.

This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Segal and Deputy Attorney General Sarah Overly of the Attorney General’s Mortgage Fraud Unit.

“Mortgage and foreclosure rescue scams continue to threaten Nevadans and their homes,” said Masto. “Our office cannot investigate or prosecute cases like this without hearing from possible victims. I encourage potential fraud victims to submit complaints to our office.”

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3 responses to 4 Indicted on Mortgage and Foreclosure Rescue Charges

  1. I’m shocked re Alan Dornhubers involvement in this mortgage scam . He is a high school friend of mine and we have been communicating on a regular basis for the last year by texting and phone calls.I even flew out to see him last Oct. I don’t understand why he would be involved in this. I’m wondering if you can tell me if he has been sentenced, for how long and how I can get in touch with him. I’d like to know if anything he told me this past year was the truth,it doesn’t seem that it was. I’d like to write to him about this but don’t have an address or a phone#. I live in Wisconsin. I’m hoping you can help me make contact

  2. Hi Karen, I’m also a friend of Al’s and am shocked by this news. Have you learned anything re: sentencing??

    • No Sherry, I haven’t been able to get any info. About Al at all. I don’t know who to contact that would have the info. re: sentencing or incarceration. If you learn anything please let me know.
      Thanks,
      Karen

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