Archives For Nevada

Terry Meisinger, 75, Seal Beach, California, was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison in connection with his operation of a bogus mortgage rescue scheme in which is made false promises to dozens of distressed homeowners, filed fraudulent bankruptcies to delay foreclosure and rented the properties to third parties during the bankruptcy delays. United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips rejected Meisinger’s arguments that his age merited a lower sentence and noted that, even if Meisinger was released from prison when he was 80 years old, he would still pose a danger to the public. Continue Reading…

Kristen Michelle Ayala, aka Amber Lynch, aka Olivia Benet, aka Grace Williams, 30, formerly of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Joshua Manuel Sanchez, aka Nelson Cruz, aka Chris Ward, aka Daniel Mora, 34, formerly of Las Vegas, Nevada, were sentenced for conspiracy to commit wire fraud for their role in a $3.8 million dollar mortgage modification scam.

Ayala was sentenced to 135 months in prison, while Sanchez was sentenced to 151 months in prison. Both defendants were also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay full restitution to the victims of their crime. Continue Reading…

Rodney Taylor, 51, Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to two counts of false representation concerning title. Taylor participated in a scheme to claim liens on real estate in Las Vegas, Nevada by filing false documents. The fraudulent acts were committed between March and September 2012.

In addition to claiming non-existent liens on property, Taylor was also accused of filing false claims of ownership for real estate with the county recorder’s office. After filing these claims, Taylor applied for and received public funds from the Southern Nevada Housing Authority in exchange for renting to Section 8 tenants. The state is seeking restitution of over $45,000 for victimized individuals and state agencies.

Fraudulent real estate claims have a devastating impact on Nevada families and their homes,” said Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt. “Prosecutors in my office will continue to ensure that those who attempt to defraud the public receive justice.”

False representation concerning title is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $10,000. The sentencing hearing for Taylor is scheduled for February 11, 2016, in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

The investigation of this case was a collaborative effort between the Attorney General’s Fraud Unit, the City of North Las Vegas and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Deputy Attorney General Daniel Westmeyer prosecuted this case.

Brett Depue, 42, Gilbert, Arizona, was convicted following a four-day jury trial, and 1½ days of deliberations, of one count of conspiracy to commit mail, bank and wire fraud, and seven counts wire fraud in connection with a Las Vegas mortgage fraud scheme.  Depue was remanded to custody and sentencing is scheduled for November 9 at 9:00 a.m. Depue‘s previous conviction on mortgage fraud charges was overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

We are pleased that a second jury determined that Mr. Depue had committed fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden.  “There were over 100 homes used as part of this conspiracy to defraud the financial institutions of millions.” Continue Reading…

Orlando Vera, 55, Whittier, California, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of mortgage lending fraud in Nevada, a category “B” felony.  His plea was a result of his role in a scheme to cheat several hopeful homebuyers out of $904,861. A month earlier, Vera’s co-defendant, Juan Robles, 35, Las Vegas, Nevada pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor for the same scam. Their crimes were committed between November 2012 and January 2014.

Vera schemed to defraud potential Nevada homebuyers by promising to purchase houses using their substantial savings as down payments, but ultimately failed to buy the houses. Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Kerry Earley will sentence Vera and Robles at a date to be determined. A third co-defendant, Christian Delgado, 39, Las Vegas, Nevada, will stand trial on April 4, 2016 for his role in the scheme. Continue Reading…

Patrick A. Nosack, 34, Henderson, Nevada, pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a telemarketing scheme involving timeshare resales. The telemarketing scam operated in Las Vegas, Nevada, and bilked over 3,000 victims of approximately 10 million dollars. Continue Reading…

With interest rates at an all-time low, many homeowners may be looking to modify their existing loans. Some home equity lines of credit, having been acquired by homeowners as long as 10 years ago, are due to be adjusted to higher rates over the next three years. For many struggling homeowners, particularly those underwater, securing a loan modification may provide the relief needed to avoid going into default.

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Christopher L. Durling, 49, Sandy, Utah, who owned a title and escrow company that operated in Nevada, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for embezzling almost $4 million from company escrow accounts for his own personal use.

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Stephen Choate, 62, Pahrump, Nevada, was sentenced on a charge of pattern of mortgage lending fraud. Choate ran a scam between November 2010 and February 2012, to defraud clients of $11,500 in fees under the guise that he would obtain loan modifications for them.

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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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