Archives For Loan Modification

Robert Bacon, 35, West Newbury, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to 72 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and payment of restitution in an amount to be determined. Bacon is one of ten defendants in a scheme to bilk thousands of homeowners who were struggling to make their mortgage payments.

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Fiorella Sophia Tealdo, 47, Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested in connection with a mortgage lending fraud scheme in which three victims paid up-front fees ranging from $1,800 – $4,210 toward their mortgage loan modifications, which were never completed.

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Ped Abghari, a/k/a Ted Allen, 37, Irvine, California, Dionysius Fiumano, a/k/a “D,” 43, Irvine, and Justin Romano, 40, Blue Point, New York, have been charged with  engaging in a mortgage modification scheme that defrauded over 8,000 homeowners in all 50 states out of over $18.5 million, in what is believed to be the largest mortgage modification scheme ever charged.

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Samuel Paul Bain, aka Paul Bain, 35, Tustin, California, an owner and principal of the businesses, Aminullah Sarpas, aka Amin Sarpas and David Sarpas, 32, Irvine, California, also an owner and principal of the businesses, Damon Grant Carriger, 36, Corona, California, the principal sales manager, and Louis Saggiani, 64, Huntington Beach, California, the manager and chief accountant, have been arrested for allegedly offering bogus loan modification programs to financially distressed homeowners.

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Duy Khac Nguyen, 34, Garden Grove, California, is scheduled to be arraigned for defrauding 42 victims of over $92,000 by operating a fraudulent loan modification company.

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Ajay Thuraisingham, 27, Ontario, Canada, and co-defendant Christopher Duharte, 36, Coconut Creek, Florida, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to 54 months in prison, and to 30 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in operating boiler rooms that collected advance fees from distressed homeowners purportedly in exchange for obtaining loan modifications for the homeowners which were, with few exceptions, never provided.

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Maria Elena Alvarez, Maricopa County, Arizona, is the subject of a consent judgment that prohibits her from providing mortgage or other consumer loan modification services to Arizona consumers.

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Seven defendants, including an attorney, have been indicted for allegedly defrauding over 3,500 victims to the tune of $13.5 million in the largest loan modification scheme ever prosecuted in the nation.

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Kenneth Sandoval, 36, Dearborn, Michigan, owner of Nationwide Consulting, was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of one count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, a felony punishable by 20 years in prison, and two counts of Larceny by Conversion, $20,000 or more, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Sandoval defrauded approximately 84 victims out of $914,151.

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Brian Kelly, 37, Forest Hill, Maryland man was sentenced to serve one year and a day in federal prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme wherein Kelly promised homeowners a guaranteed loan modification in exchange for $400-$2,000 in upfront costs.

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