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Real Estate Fraud


Real Estate Fraud


Real Estate Fraud

About The Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team (REFAT)

Prevent, Detect, and Report Real Estate Fraud in Ventura County.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit investigates and prosecutes crimes involving recorded real estate documents. Criminal real estate fraud may involve home equity fraud, securities fraud tied to real estate, and loan fraud.

Victims of criminal real estate fraud and predatory lending schemes are often senior citizens and people with limited English speaking abilities. Real estate fraud strikes at the heart of the American dream, where a sophisticated criminal can victimize dozens of people by stealing their life savings and their home.


Persons who believe they may be victims of real estate fraud are encouraged to fill out and return a Real Estate Fraud Complaint Form for our review.

The Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team, REFAT, has been established in conjunction with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Program. It is comprised of individuals from every aspect of the real estate community.

Steering Committee Members

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Jim Keith

Chair & Founder
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Cindy Diaz-Telly

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Monica Garcia

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Vicki Warren

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Wayne King

Help Line
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Jorge N. DeLeon

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Fernie Campos

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Armando Jaquez

Public Officials Outreach
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Charlene Williams

Industry Outreach
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Kay Wilson-Bolton

Community Outreach
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Tressa Golden

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Stephen J. Slyker

DA RE Fraud Unit
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Tony Wold

DA RE Fraud Unit
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Philip Ihde

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Michael O’Connor

Board Member
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David Valenzuela

VC Clerk / Recorder

Mark Lunn

VC Clerk /Recorder
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Brenda Lopez

Non-Profit Representative
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Justin M. Alvarez

Attorney Representative
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Gena Pasquini

CAMP Representative
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Millie Gordon

CSMAR Representative
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Pamela Dolin

Escrow Representative
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Armando Jaquez

NAHREP Representative
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Brook Smith

Industry Outreach
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Luis Mendez

Board Member
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