Voodoo Used to Influence Outcome of Mortgage Fraud Case

admin —  June 7, 2010 — 3 Comments

Ruben Hernandez, 34, California, owner of Downey Motorcars, and co-defendant Joel Rodriguez, 45, a California resident, owner of Coast to Coast Mortgage, were sentenced in a mortgage fraud case. Hernandez and Rodriguez were convicted by a jury on May 6, 2010. Hernandez was found guilty of four counts of filing a false application and three counts of grand theft. He received a 12 year sentence. Rodriguez was convicted of six counts of filing a false application and five counts of grand theft. He received a 12 year, 8 month sentence.

Hernandez purchased six properties using false social security information and bank statements. Rodriguez used false social security numbers to purchase two properties, obtain home equity lines of credit and open a bank account.

Rodriguez was arrested shortly after the case was filed in January 2008. Hernandez, however, eluded authorities. About a year later, Hernandez was tracked down to a bungalow in Pasadena, California by Investigator David Ishibashi of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, Investigator Steve Louie of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Deputy U.S. Marshal Sal Reyes.

On Febuary 12, 2009, as Hernandez and his wife, Aida Gutierrez, 24, were coming out of their driveway, authorities moved in. Hernandez, ultimately, was arrested after engaging investigators in a mile-long, 80-mile-per-hour pursuit.

When authorities executed a search warrant on the home where Hernandez was staying, they discovered a voodoo shrine, the prosecutor said. The shrine included various artifacts and voodoo dolls, dunked head first in cups of water with pins in their eyes. The names of the prosecutor, the investigators and the case number were written on the dolls. 

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito, who presided over the trial and sentencing hearing, ordered Hernandez to return on June 9, 2010. Hernandez faces an additional 28 counts, including charges of grand theft and filing a false application, for allegedly engaging in fraud in his used car dealership.

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3 responses to Voodoo Used to Influence Outcome of Mortgage Fraud Case

  1. Everybody knows that companies like Spartan , The Money Brokers prey on people who do not understand fully what they are doing in the real estate game.

    The only thing we can do is tell people about what they do and one day get enough people and money together and use the legal system to destroy them that is all we can ever hope for.

    They talk nice but really they are out to hurt people.

  2. lisa williams June 9, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Rachel hello
    why won’t the district attorney file charges against a Sherman e Collins for mortgage fraud . He obtained a loan on
    property he did not own the property went into foreclosure. Spartan Home loans are hard money lenders they paid me a 4,000 sttlement and i lost land that was appraised at one time for 840,000 . judge Cristoforo said I did not protect my self because i did not notarize that Sherman Collins could use the land for developing only if the city of sacramento approved the home lots. He signed a agreement that he would use the land if the city approved the lots. Went to Spartan Home Loans got a loan and now he has gotten away with 200,000 and no one has tried to prosecute him, only judgements that we all know will never get paid. its almost like if you defraud the little person its ok wow.

  3. Just when I think I’ve heard everything. This is great! Having spent all of my life in South Florida and Southern California this does not surprise me though. Should we consider offering a course in Voodoo as an affirmative defense? Hmmm?

    Thanks Rachel!

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