Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Defendant Cops Guilty Plea For Fleecing Homeowners Out Of Over $100K In Foreclosure Avoidance Scam; Two Others Each Get 180 Days Jail Time For Their Roles In Ripoff

In Ventura County, California, the Ventura County Star reports:
  • A Canyon Lake man has pleaded guilty to two counts of foreclosure consultant fraud and three counts of felony grand theft, Ventura County prosecutors said [].

    Patrick Iturra, 46, ran a fraudulent business under the name of Mercury Business Group, prosecutors said. He promised homeowners he could save their properties from foreclosure, prosecutors said. In return, Iturra received thousands of dollars from homeowners, although he failed to help them, prosecutors said. Homeowners suffered more than $100,000 in losses.

    Iturra faces a year in jail and "will be ordered to pay restitution to the victims" when he is sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16, prosecutors said.

    Two of Iturra's co-defendants, Roberto Sanchez, 67, and Rosalva Sanchez, 63, both of Oxnard, were each sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay victim restitution after pleading guilty to felony grand theft and foreclosure consultant fraud, prosecutors said.

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