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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 a false instrument. The defendants are also charged with special allegations that each caused victim losses in excess of $1 million. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.
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The defendants targeted real estate owned by five senior citizens in Ventura County. The ages of the victims range from 66 to 90 years old. The defendants targeted the victims’ properties with false encumbrances or conveyances that clouded lawful title to each affected property.

The defendants are due in court on June 25, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 12 for an early disposition conference. Both defendants remain in custody. Bail for each is currently set at $1 million. Before posting bail, the defendants will be required to establish that any monies or collateral used to post bail were not feloniously obtained.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is the public prosecutor for the county’s 850,000 residents. The office employs approximately 280 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional support staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.

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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 Indra were each sentenced to 7 years 8 months in prison.  In February, the defendants were convicted following a one-month jury trial.  The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

In 2012, Patrick Abrahamian approached the 65-year-old victim with an offer to help him negotiate a modification of his mortgage.  In return, the victim agreed to move out and lease his home to the Abrahamians while Patrick Abrahamian supposedly negotiated a new mortgage for the victim.  At the end of the lease term, the Abrahamians refused to vacate the home.  After consulting with an attorney, the victim learned that a notarized grant deed had been recorded conveying his home, as a gift, to Abrahamian’s wife, Michelle Abrahamian.  At the time of the offenses, Michelle Abrahamian was a licensed real estate agent.

The deed gifting away the victim’s home was fraudulently notarized by defendant Taline Indra, who is Michelle Abrahamian’s sister.  Patrick Abrahamian subsequently impersonated the victim in a lawsuit filed by Abrahamian against the victim’s mortgage lender.  This impersonation caused additional false documents to be filed in both the Ventura Superior Court and the County Recorder’s Office.     Michelle Abrahamian was found in possession of notary acknowledgments that falsely claimed the victim had appeared before defendant Indra to have his signature notarized.

Judge Michael Lief noted that the sophistication and brazenness of the defendants’ fraudulent scheme “shocked the conscience of the court.” In addition to the prison sentence, each defendant was also fined $500,000 and ordered to pay $189,382 in victim restitution.

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