Archives For Property Theft

Mazen Alzoubi, real estate investor, 32, Rancho Cucamonga, California, pled guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and identity theft, admitting that he orchestrated a scheme to steal title to Southern California homes and then sell the properties to unsuspecting buyers before the true owners could put a stop to the sale.

Alzoubi admitted that from May 2012 through August 2014, he and several co-conspirators fraudulently sold or attempted to sell at least 15 homes worth more than $3.6 million. On at least ten occasions, Alzoubi admitted, he was successful—earning illicit proceeds of nearly $2.2 million, which he then laundered and diverted to overseas bank accounts to ensure that the fraudulently-obtained proceeds could never be recovered. Continue Reading…

Semyon (a/k/a Sam) Muratov, 34, and Yuriy (a/k/a Erick) Munarov, 31, both of Forest Hills, Queens, New York, the winning bidders at a foreclosure auction, have been charged with illegally evicting a homeowner from his lawful residence and then breaking-in and boarding up doors and windows prior to legally assuming ownership and taking possession of the property.

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Emma Adel, 45, and Mazen Fazah, 39, both of Rancho Cucamonga, California, were recently arrested for stealing title to a home and then selling it for profit.

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Six people, including a lawyer, real estate agent and funeral home director, have been charged with conspiring to steal a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home from an elderly widow after she passed away.

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Darrell Beatty, 49, Queens, New York, has been charged with illegally transferring the deed of an elderly woman’s home into his own name and then moving into the house.

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Dwayne Stewart, 44, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by the Honorable Carolyn Nichols to 2.5 to 5 years in state prison followed by ten years of probation and ordered to pay over $86,000.00 in restitution following Stewart’s guilty plea for “stealing” West Philadelphia houses using forged deeds.

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Blair Christopher Hanloh, 50, Long Beach, California, was sentenced to four years in state prison for recording false quitclaim deeds on several residential properties as part of an elaborate scheme to possess and rent out properties valued at over $3.5 million.

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Vincent Robert Eppstein, 49, San Jose, California, was convicted of embezzling more than half a million dollars from his good friend, while she was away in a long-term rehab program. The defendant refinanced her real estate and payed off his own mortgage with her money, among other things.

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Blair Christopher Hanloh, 50, Long Beach, California, was convicted of stealing over $3.5 million in a fraudulent scheme by falsely transferring residential property deeds and fraudulently renting out houses.

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Sember Lynn Smathers, 49, formerly of Shelby, North Carolina, a former real estate agent, pleaded guilty on Monday, August 26, 2013, to selling household appliances she unlawfully removed from vacant homes owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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