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Woman Charged with Posting Fraudulent Bail

2100704VENTURA, 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 County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office previously arrested Carrillo’s boyfriend, Shane Michael Spring, for narcotics and weapons offenses. During the investigation, law enforcement
determined Carrillo hoped to gain Spring’s release from the Ventura County jail by posting his bail. Using fraudulent paperwork, Carrillo convinced a bail company that she personally owned a home in La Verne that was in fact owned by Carrillo’s uncle.

Carrillo then signed a deed of trust that made the home collateral for Spring’s bail bond. The deed of trust that Carrillo signed was subsequently recorded at the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office. The bail bond that was fraudulently obtained by Carrillo was then posted with the Ventura County Superior Court resulting in Spring’s release from jail. After Spring’s release, he failed to appear in court, putting the true homeowner at risk of foreclosure. Carrillo will be arraigned on March 13, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 14 of the Ventura County Superior Court. Carrillo currently remains in custody with bail set at $500,000. She faces a sentence of up to three years in jail if convicted.

 

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Kern County resident Gina Marie Hernandez was sentenced to 2 years eight months in state prison for recording a false document

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Kern County resident Gina Marie Hernandez (DOB 9/24/77) was sentenced to two years eight months in state prison for recording a false document. Hernandez, along with Kern County residents Hayser Scarlett Lopez (DOB 10/17/68) and Peggy Ann Soto (DOB 7/9/59), was arrested in October 2014 after aninvestigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

The defendants planned and executed a complex scheme to use an unsuspecting victim’s Oxnard residence as collateral for a bail bond which secured Lopez’s release from jail in an unrelated Kern County felony case. Hernandez recruited Soto, who assumed the victim’s identity by executing a fraudulent power of attorney. Soto then impersonated the victim while testifying in a bail hearing in Kern Superior court. After the victim’s residence was fraudulently used to secure Lopez’s bail bond and release from custody, Lopez fled the country. As a result, the bondsman who posted Lopez’s bail sought to foreclose on the victim’s residence, which was nearly lost during foreclosure proceedings. Lopez eventually returned to the United States and was arrested.

Lopez previously pleaded guilty to felony charges of perjury and recording a false document and was sentenced to two years in prison on February 27, 2015. Soto previously pleaded guilty to felony perjury and recording a false document and was sentenced to two years in state prison on July 15, 2015.

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