Archives For Property Theft

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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Chester D. Howard, also known as C. Daniel Howard, 41, Verona, Wisconsin, is charged in a seven-count indictment with making false statements. He is charged with five counts of falsely stating to banks that he was the owner of property as collateral for a loan, when he knew he was not the owner of the property.

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Michael E. Earwood, 61, Madison, Mississippi, an attorney, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bankruptcy fraud.

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Seth Bradshaw, 35, Pigott, Arkansas, and formerly of Sunflower County, appeared before Judge Bettye Sanders to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of false pretense.

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Shela Amos, Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced to 34 years for defrauding victims by using the vacant home sale scheme whereby the defendant sold homes she did not own.

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Dwayne Stewart, 41, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been charged with stealing five properties in the City and County of Philadelphia, theft from at least 12 additional victims in fraudulent real estate scams and passing bad checks to victims including the City of Philadelphia Recorder of Deeds Office.

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William R. “Rusty” Beamon, Jr., 52, DeKalb County, Georgia, a former bank employee, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on February 26, 2013, on charges arising out of a scheme to defraud his former employer Appalachian Community Bank (also known as Gilmer County Bank).

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