Frank Mete, 55, Berlin, Connecticut, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to fraud and tax evasion offenses stemming from an investment fraud scheme.
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Local Records Office, Bellflower, California, a company that allegedly preys on unsuspecting new property owners, is the subject of a Consumer Protection Act lawsuit.
Diane Cobb, 56, and Paul Sloane Davis, 74, have been charged with fifteen counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud, and Diane Cobb has also been charged with five counts of aggravated identity theft.
Yin Nan (Michael) Wang and Wendy Ko have been charged with fraud and an emergency asset freeze was levied against a group of Pasadena, California-based companies at the center of an ongoing real estate investment scheme.
Robert Thomas, 36, Lakeworth, Florida, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for knowingly participating in a fraudulent telemarketing scam that victimized timeshare owners nationwide.
Marcin Malarz, 48, formerly of Lake Forest, Illinois, a former securities broker, and and Arthur Lin, 39, Palatine, Illinois, his associate in a real estate business that converted apartments into condominiums, were indicted for allegedly fraudulently raising more than $9 million from approximately 25 investors and misappropriating a substantial portion of the money, resulting in a loss of at least $5.5 million.
C. Tate George, 45, Newark, New Jersey, former NBA basketball player and the CEO of purported real estate development firm The George Group, was convicted on all counts on which he was indicted in connection with his role in orchestrating a $2 million investment fraud scheme.
James G. Berghius, 41, Sacramento, California, was convicted by a federal jury after a three day trial of four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering related to a Ponzi scheme that he operated.
Collins Max “Collie” Christensen Sr., Sacramento, California, lost an appeal to overturn his 5 year prison sentence. Christensen waived indictment and pled guilty to defrauding real estate investors on February 11, 2011. The judge in that case sentenced Christensen to time in addition to that which was set forth and agreed upon in his plea agreement. Christensen appealed his sentence.
Walter Ng, his son Kelly Ng, and Bruce Horwitz, three real estate fund managers, have been charged with fraud for secretly using the assets of a new real estate fund to rescue an older, rapidly collapsing fund.