Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Woman Gets 32 Months For Recording Bogus POA Against Unwitting Victim's Home, Then Pledging Property To Secure Bail Bond For Another; Bondsman Then Sought To Foreclose After Criminal Defendant Subsequently Fled Country

In Oxnard, California, the Ventura Counta Star reports:
  • A Kern County woman was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison for recording a false document in connection with an Oxnard bail fraud case, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

    Gina Marie Hernandez, 37, fraudulently used an Oxnard homeowner's residence as collateral for a friend's bail in a Kern County case, the District Attorney's Office said. Hernandez's friend, Hayser Scarlett Lopez, 46, also of Kern County, fled the country as soon as her bail was secured but later returned, prosecutors said.

    The victim's home was almost lost in foreclosure proceedings when the bondsman who posted the bail sought to foreclose it, the District Attorney's Office said.

    Hernandez recruited fellow Kern County resident Peggy Ann Soto, 55, to execute a fraudulent power of attorney and impersonate the Oxnard homeowner while testifying at Lopez's bail hearing in Kern County Superior Court, the District Attorney's Office said.

    Hernandez pleaded guilty in April to her part in the scheme, prosecutors said.

    Lopez pleaded guilty in January to felony charges of perjury and recording a false document and was sentenced the next month to two years in state prison, the District Attorney's Office said. Soto pleaded guilty to the same felony charges and was sentenced on July 15 to two years in state prison, prosecutors said.

    All three were arrested in October 2014 following an investigation by the District Attorney's Real Estate Fraud Unit, prosecutors said.

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