Friday, November 27, 2015

Bail Bondsman w/ Dubious History Gets Pinched After Allegedly Filing Fraudulent Deed To Customer's Property, Then Rent Skimming Premises & Allowing Home To Go Into Foreclosure

In Farmington, New Mexico, the The Farmington Daily Times reports:
  • Daniel Goldberg Sr. has been charged for a third time in magistrate court with fraud in connection to his alleged activities as a bail bondsman.

    The 55-year-old former candidate for San Juan County sheriff was charged [] in Farmington Magistrate Court with eight counts of fourth-degree felony fraud.

    He was previously charged in two separate cases filed in July and August in Aztec Magistrate Court with an additional eight counts of felony fraud, four counts of extortion, five counts of misdemeanor fraud and racketeering.

    Goldberg was arrested Thursday and is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $80,000 bond, according to court records.
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    [T]he Daily Times requested and received a copy of the arrest warrant affidavit from the court [].

    Police allege in the affidavit that Goldberg filed a fraudulent quitclaim deed with the San Juan County Clerk's Office on September 26, 2013, to seize a property at 2807 E. 30th St. in Farmington.

    The property was owned by Christie Donnelly, the affidavit states. Donnelly, 44, contacted Farmington police detectives in April 2015 to report the alleged fraud, the affidavit states.

    She told detectives she had signed an agreement with Goldberg in September 2013 that allowed Goldberg to collect rent and make mortgage payments at the property, which would provide him a net monthly sum of $298.

    In exchange, Goldberg would post a $6,000 cash bond for her husband, according to the affidavit. Instead, Goldberg filed the quitclaim deed and sold the property to himself for the sum of $10, the affidavit states.

    According to the San Juan County Assessor's website, the property is currently owned by Daniel Goldberg Sr. and his son, Daniel Goldberg Jr. It has an actual value of $170,440, according to the county assessor.

    Donnelly told detectives she never signed a quitclaim deed, but she did sign the contract that allowed Goldberg to collect rent at the property. Donnelly said she learned the property had been seized in August 2014 after she received a foreclosure notice for it.

    Police learned from the property's tenants that Goldberg had collected $11,500 in property rent between October 2013 and August 2014.
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    Goldberg Sr. is not authorized by the state of New Mexico to act as a bail bondsman after regulators refused to renew his license in 2007, according to state records. He previously had a Florida bail bondsman license suspended in 1991 after he was accused of issuing bail bonds while employed as a police officer.

    In November 1990, He was also criminally charged for issuing a bail bond while employed as a law enforcement officer and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor offense.

    An investigation by The Daily Times in October also showed Goldberg used the alias "Daniel Zbras" to conduct business and register to vote in Florida.

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