Archives For Mortgage Elimination

Martin Calzada, 28, Los Angeles, California was indicted by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud, in connection with a scheme to defraud homeowners facing foreclosure. Calzada entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment.

According to court documents, between August 2010 and October 2011, Calzada, and other employees of Star Reliable Mortgage, which had offices in Bakersfield, Visalia, and Salinas, California, targeted distressed homeowners with a fraudulent “loan elimination” scheme. Star Reliable charged clients an upfront fee — ranging from $2,500 to $4,500 — as well as monthly fees, based on false promises that the clients could own their homes “free and clear” as a result of Star Reliable’s services. In furtherance of the scheme, Calzada and other employees filed at county recorders’ offices fraudulent documents on behalf of the homeowner-clients that purported to replace the legitimate property trustees with fictitious trusts affiliated with Calzada and Star Reliable, all in an effort to “cloud title” and halt or stall the foreclosure process. Additionally, Calzada, and other employees working at his direction, told clients to stop paying their mortgages. They also falsely represented that each client had one million dollars in a U.S. government account that could be used to pay off a homeowner’s mortgage. Continue Reading…

John Michael DiChiara, 57, Nevada City, California; James C. Castle, 51, formerly of Santa Rosa, California; Remus A. Kirkpatrick, 58, formerly of Oceanside, California; George B. Larsen, 54, formerly of San Rafael, California; Laura Pezzi, 59, Roseville, California; Larry Todt, 63, formerly of Malibu, California; and Michael Romano, 68, Benicia, California, were charged by a federal grand jury in a 42-count indictment, with conspiracy, bank fraud, false making of documents, and money laundering in connection with a mortgage elimination scheme. Tisha Trites, 49, San Diego, California and Todd Smith, 44, San Diego, California, pleaded guilty to related charges before U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on September 4, 2015.

DiChiara was arrested in Cool, California. Pezzi and Romano were arrested at their homes. The other four defendants listed in the indictment have yet to be arrested. Continue Reading…

Jennifer McTigue, 48, Honolulu, Hawaii pled guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering, as well as committing wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. McTigue pled guilty in federal district court before Senior District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall a day after jury selection for her trial was to have commenced.

In connection with her guilty plea, McTigue, who is representing herself and identifies herself as a “private non-citizen American national” stated:

“I feel I must take responsibility for people being damaged and that’s why I’m here today to plead guilty.”

Documents filed by McTigue in the court case had caused the Judge to order that she undergo a competency evaluation.

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Alan David Tikal, 46, the principal operator of a large-scale mortgage fraud/mortgage elimination scheme, was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

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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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Ronald Vernon Cupp, Santa Rosa, California, was convicted by a jury of running a mortgage elimination scheme wherein he charged homeowners up front fees in exchange for allegedly eliminating their mortgage.

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William Beard, 40, Seattle, Washington, was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for his participation in a Southern California mortgage elimination scheme that promised to prevent foreclosure through the paying off of the distressed homeowner’s mortgage.

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Ronald Vernon Cupp, Randall Gilbert Heyden and Angelle Wertz have been arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners.

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Aneal Maharaj, 65, a former resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, who defrauded 17 individuals of almost $1.5 million in an investment fraud and marketing scheme involving early mortgage payoffs, was sentenced to just over eight years in prison for his guilty pleas to fraud and tax evasion charges.

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Sergio Gutierrez, 49, San Francisco, California, was sentenced to twelve years in federal prison after a jury convicted him of running a scheme in which he defrauded victims by telling them to stop paying their mortgages.

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