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Arrest & Alerts

Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Construction Funds

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Megan Elizabeth Zucaro (DOB 7/11/70), of Thousand Oaks, pled guilty to one felony count of diversion of construction funds. Zucaro was charged with one felony count of grand theft, one felony count of diversion of construction funds and one felony count of money laundering. The investigation and […]

Repeat Real Estate Fraud Offender Sentenced to Prison

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that James Anthony Rojas (DOB 1/11/57), of Murrieta, was sentenced to 13 years 8 months in state prison by Judge David Worley. The sentence imposed was the maximum allowed by law. Rojas had previously been found guilty of nine felony counts, including foreclosure consultant fraud, […]

Local Realtor Sentenced for Income Tax Evasion

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Debra Elaine Ashcraft (DOB 11/23/57), of Camarillo, was sentenced to 180 days in the Ventura County jail for income tax evasion. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and the California Franchise Tax Board. […]

Real Estate Agent Charged with Grand Theft and Money Laundering

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the filing of a criminal complaint against Megan Elizabeth Zucaro (DOB 7/11/70), of Thousand Oaks, charging one felony count of grand theft, one felony count of diversion of construction funds, and one felony count of money laundering. The investigation and prosecution of Zucaro was conducted […]

Woman Charged with Posting Fraudulent Bail

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Sasha Carrillo (DOB 11/11/85), of Los Angeles County, has been charged with one felony count of recording a false instrument. The charge is the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit acting on a report from the Ventura […]

Career Real Estate Fraud Offender Found Guilty

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that James Anthony Rojas (DOB 1/11/57), of Riverside, was found guilty of nine felony counts, including foreclosure consultant fraud, grand theft, and recording false documents by Judge David Worley following a court trial. Judge Worley also found true a special allegation that Rojas caused losses […]

Local Realtor Debra Elaine Ashcraft pled guilty for Income Tax Evasion

VENTURA, California –District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Debra Elaine Ashcraft (DOB 11/23/57), of Camarillo, pled guilty to one felony count of failing to file a California tax return. Click here to download PDF

“We Buy Ugly Homes” Franchisee Charged with Attempted Grand Theft

VENTURA, California- District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Santa Clarita resident Cory Evans (DOB 11/07/78), has been charged with two felony counts of attempted grand theft by false pretenses and two felony counts of attempted financial elder abuse. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Ventura County District Attorney’s […]

Local Realtor Charged with Income Tax Evasion

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the filing of charges against Camarillo resident Debra Elaine Ashcraft (DOB 11/23/57). Ashcraft is charged with one felony count of structuring and five felony counts of income tax evasion. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and the […]

Husband and Wife Charged in Real Estate Scam

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the arrests of Riverside County residents James Anthony Rojas (DOB 1/11/1957) and Yvonne Georganna Martinez (DOB 2/14/1953). Rojas is charged with one felony count of foreclosure consultant fraud and six felony counts of recording a false instrument. Martinez is charged with two felony counts of recording […]

Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty in Real Estate Scam

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that on April 29, 2019, Los Angeles County resident Andrew Levy (DOB 9/13/1958) pled guilty to two felony counts of Penal Code section 115, recording a false document. Levy also admitted a special allegation that his crimes caused a loss in excess of $200,000. The plea […]

Camarillo resident Javier Gonzalo Sanchez (DOB 6/18/62) was ordered to serve 1 year in jail for two felony counts of foreclosure consultant fraud.

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Camarillo resident Javier Gonzalo Sanchez (DOB 6/18/62) was ordered to serve 365 days in the Ventura County jail. In May, Sanchez pled guilty to two felony counts of foreclosure consultant fraud. View Release

Trio Sentenced to Prison for Sophisticated Real Estate Scam

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Los Angeles County residents Patrick Abrahamian (DOB 1/6/70), Michelle Abrahamian (DOB 5/27/71), and Taline Indra (DOB 2/29/80) were each sentenced to prison for their theft of a Bell Canyon home. Patrick Abrahamian was sentenced to 11 years 4 months in prison. Michelle Abrahamian and Taline […]

Trio Convicted in Sophisticated Real Estate Scam

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Los Angeles County residents Patrick Abrahamian (DOB 1/6/70), Michelle Abrahamian (DOB 5/27/71), and Taline Indra (DOB 2/29/80) were convicted by a jury of offenses relating to the theft of a Bell Canyon home.   Patrick Abrahamian was found guilty of three counts of Penal Code section […]

Post-Disaster Scam Advisory I VC District Attorney’s Office

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten warned today that county residents should exercise increased vigilance against scams designed to exploit residents impacted by the Thomas fire. The District Attorney recommends the following tips to avoid becoming a victim: ·         Scammers posing as insurance company representatives may call homeowners with an option to pay an increased premium over […]

Defendant Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Rescue Fraud Scam

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Orange County resident Rex Salonga (DOB 2/21/71) pled guilty to one felony count of grand theft, in violation of Penal Code section 487. The case was the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit. The victim, who lives in […]

Prosecution Update: William Kenneth O’Daniel faces 120 days in prison & 36 months of probation.

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Thousand Oaks resident William Kenneth O’Daniel (DOB 6/6/61) was sentenced to 120 days in jail and placed on 36 months of formal probation. O’Daniel had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of False Personation under Penal Code section 529. The charges were the result of an investigation […]

Juan Carlos Guerra sentenced to 180 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty.

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Sunland resident Juan Carlos Guerra (5-5-86) was sentenced to 180 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty to one count of felony grand theft. Download Press Release

Juan Carlos Guerra of Simi Valley has pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Sunland resident Juan Carlos Guerra (DOB 5/5/86) has pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft. The case was the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit. He will be sentenced on September 19, 2017 and will […]

Patrick Iturra sentenced 365 days in jail, ordered to pay $100,000 in victim restitution and placed on 60 months formal probation.

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the Honorable Matthew Guasco sentenced Canyon Lake resident Patrick Iturra (DOB 7/27/70) to 365 days in jail for his role in a fraudulent foreclosure rescue business. Iturra was convicted of two felony counts of foreclosure consultant fraud, and three felony counts of grand theft. […]

Jose Armando Rodriguez pleaded guilty to grand theft, foreclosure consultant fraud, and recording a false instrument

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Fontana resident Jose Armando Rodriguez (DOB 11/20/59) pleaded guilty to grand theft, foreclosure consultant fraud, and recording a false instrument. Download Press Release

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