Archives For Foreclosure Rescue

Prison for O.C. woman who offered bogus foreclosure relief

A 30-year-old Costa Mesa woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges stemming from a foreclosure rescue fraud scheme that targeted homeowners with bogus promises of mortgage relief.

Najia Jalan entered her plea in Los Angeles federal court to charges of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Randy Poulson, 44, Woolwich Township, New Jersey admitted scamming distressed homeowners into giving him their houses and then soliciting fake real estate investments from private investors – secured by those same properties – that netted him more than $3 million in illicit profits.  He pled guilty to Count One of an indictment charging him with mail fraud.

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Mario Alvarenga, Rajesh Maddiwar, and Amir Meiri were arrested for participating in a scheme wherein, through an organization that advertised help to those seeking loan modifications to avoid foreclosure, obtained millions of dollars by deceiving homeowners into selling their homes to a company associated with the defendants.

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Steven Barry Ruza, 52, Orchard Lake, Michigan, and his company, Home Legal Group, Inc., have been charged with 30 felony counts for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Michigan victims that were facing mortgage foreclosures.

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David W. Griffin, 44, Lutz, Florida, has been charged with one count of mail fraud, nine counts of bankruptcy fraud, two counts of making a false statement under oath during a bankruptcy proceeding, and one count of aggravated identity theft for his alleged role in a foreclosure rescue scheme.

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Alex Soria, 69, and Sonia Rodis, 55, both of Las Vegas, Nevada, were each sentenced on one felony count of a pattern of mortgage lending fraud. The couple misrepresented to homeowners a fraudulent mortgage elimination program that involved the recording of affidavits, deeds of reconveyance and other title documents that failed to eliminate their mortgages.

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Anthony Carta, 53, Detroit, Michigan, has pleaded guilty to seven felonies associated with his formation of a faith-based mortgage assistance scam.

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Martin Wayne Flanders, 50, formerly of Roseville, California, and Ligia Sandoval Spafford, 48, Roseville, pleaded guilty to mail fraud for their participation in a loan modification fraud scheme that targeted distressed homeowners. The couple used Ghost offers – i.e., fictitious offers to purchase the victim’s property through short sale – and skeleton bankruptcies – i.e., sham bankruptcy petitions that were quickly dismissed, to defraud homeowners.

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Seven defendants were sentenced for their roles in a huge mortgage fraud scheme that was charged in 2008. A federal grand jury brought two indictments that charged 19 people in a fraud scheme that promised to help homeowners avoid foreclosure and repair their credit. Most defendants have pleaded guilty or have been convicted by juries.

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Juan Ramon Curiel, 36, Visalia, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bankruptcy fraud in connection with a foreclosure rescue scheme he orchestrated. Curiel’s co-defendant and business partner, Santiago Palacios-Hernandez, 45, Salinas, California, pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy charge.

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