Archives For California

Agustin Simon, 53, Patterson, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 15 months in prison for conspiring to commit bank fraud. Simon was convicted of submitting fraudulent short-sale applications, which caused financial institutions to approve the charge-off of funds for the short-sale of his home.

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Rachel Siders, 39, Roseville, California, was convicted by a federal jury and found guilty of bank fraud, making a false loan application, and committing aggravated identity theft. Continue Reading…

Dana Faulkner, 48, Oakland, California, was sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to one year in prison for conspiring to commit mail fraud and make false statements in loan applications. Faulkner is the ninth defendant to be sentenced as the result of a large scale mortgage fraud scheme operating out of the headquarters of Liberty Real Estate & Investment Company and Liberty Mortgage Company.

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Carolyn Marie Jones, 51, Corona, California, who was the chief executive officer of a high-end jean company that outfitted Hollywood celebrities, pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud offenses admitting she used fraudulent information to defraud lenders.

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Karen Hanover, 48, Seal Beach, California, was sentenced to 35 months in federal prison for operating a $1.4 million fraud scheme that bilked clients who paid money in response to false promises of ownership in commercial real estate.

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Ray Jan Kornfeld, 59, Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 5 years in prison for his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme.

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Sharon Lynn Shaw, 67, San Jose, California, pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud and theft by bank officer. Shaw admitted that she used the names, Social Security numbers, and other personal information belonging to her parents, without their knowledge or authorization, to create false and fraudulent loan applications which she submitted to her employer Wells Fargo Bank.

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Minerva Sanchez, 48, Fremont, California, a licensed real estate agent, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 21 months in prison for her role in a short sale fraud scheme.

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Nadia Kuzmenko, 35, Loomis, California, Peter Kuzmenko, 36, Sacramento, California, Edward Shevtsov, 51, Sacramento, and Aaron New, 39, Sacramento, were found guilty by a federal jury of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud associated with their involvement in a straw buyer mortgage fraud scheme that cost financial institutions approximately $16 million.

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Meili Lin, AKA Ally Lin, and Jyh-Chau Horng, AKA Henry Horng, were arraigned on charges of tax and mortgage fraud for allegedly filing false tax returns and submitting mortgage applications to federally insured lenders that contained materially false information.

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