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Repeat Real Estate Fraud Offender Sentenced to Prison

RojasVENTURA, 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, grand theft, and recording false documents following a court trial in January. The investigation and prosecution of Rojas was conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

Rojas targeted real estate owned by five senior citizens in Ventura County. Victims ranged in age from 69 to 90 years old. Using various schemes, Rojas targeted victim properties with false liens and deeds that clouded lawful title to each affected property. Rojas swindled one elderly victim by convincing him to sign a deed outside of escrow for property Rojas promised to purchase for $1.8 million. Rojas then recorded the deed without paying the victim anything in return. Rojas has prior convictions for real estate fraud, including grand theft, forgery, and recording false documents. He currently has similar charges pending against him in Los Angeles and Alameda Counties.

In addition to his 13-year 8-month prison sentence, Rojas was also ordered to pay victim restitution and fined $500,000 by the court.

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Career Real Estate Fraud Offender Found Guilty

RojasVENTURA, 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 exceeding $500,000. The investigation and prosecution of Rojas was conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

 

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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.

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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. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

Iturra operated a fraudulent business under the name of Mercury Business Group. Iturra, together with co-defendants Roberto Sanchez (DOB 12/28/48) and Rosalva Sanchez (DOB 9/9/53), solicited struggling homeowners with promises of saving their distressed homes from foreclosure. The defendants received thousands of dollars from eight victims who received no actual services and were instead diverted from legitimate assistance. All but one of the victims lost their homes to foreclosure. Victims’ monetary losses totaled $100,000.

Iturra was placed on 60 months formal probation, ordered to pay $100,000 in victim restitution, and is prohibited from working in any business related to real estate or foreclosure rescue. Roberto and Rosalva Sanchez were sentenced for their role in the scheme last year.

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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.

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Ventura County resident Gregoria Mendoza pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony grand theft and felony foreclosure consultant fraud

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Ventura County resident Gregoria Mendoza (DOB 5/14/55) pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony grand theft and felony foreclosure consultant fraud. The charges were the result of an investigation by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

Mendoza created at least six separate real estate investment schemes to entice investors from Ventura, Los Angeles, and Tulare Counties. She made false representations that victims’ monies would be invested in various real estate endeavors. Mendoza deposited some of the victims’ proceeds into her own accounts and used those funds to pay for her personal expenses. Total victim losses were approximately $470,000. In addition, Mendoza charged one victim illegal up-front fees for a mortgage loan modification.

Mendoza’s sentencing hearing is set for August 10, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 13. She is expected to be sentenced to 7 years 4 months in state prison.

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Oxnard resident Michael McDevitt pleaded guilty to felony grand theft, tax evasion and foreclosure consultant fraud.

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Oxnard resident Michael McDevitt (DOB 11/24/81) pleaded guilty to felony grand theft, tax evasion and foreclosure consultant fraud. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

McDevitt operated a fraudulent loan modification company called Scovis Law Group (SLG) in Thousand Oaks, California. Throughout 2010 and 2011, SLG represented that it was an expert in the field of loan modifications despite the illegality of collecting up-front fees in return for these services. In their solicitations for illegal advance fees, McDevitt and his agents made numerous false representations to victims regarding purported loan modifications. In addition to receiving no actual services, the five named victims’ losses were approximately $29,000.

 The FTB investigation determined that McDevitt failed to disclose $67,818 in taxable income for 2009 and failed to report $718,197 in taxable income for 2010. McDevitt is expected receive 16 months in state prison when he is sentenced on September 3, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 26.

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