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Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package: 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis

Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package: 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis

    Mar 25, 2020 Governor Newsom announces financial institutions will provide relief for vast majority of Californians. Californians economically impacted by COVID-19 may receive 90-day grace periods to make mortgage payments.  Financial institutions agree not to negatively impact credit reports as a result of accepting payment relief. SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced […]

Career Real Estate Fraud Offender Found Guilty

Career Real Estate Fraud Offender Found Guilty

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 Tangled Web of Foreclosure

The Tangled Web of Foreclosure

By Jennifer Felten Case of the Month:  Joshua and Christina Epps, Plaintiffs and Respondents v. Bruce Lindsey, Defendant and Appellant What’s in a word?  For Bruce Lindsey, he hoped it was the house he was living in.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way he wanted.  It all started when Lindsey’s at the time girlfriend, Linda Barbee, […]

Mendoza pleads guilty to felony grand theft: To be sentenced to 7 years 4 months

Mendoza pleads guilty to felony grand theft: To be sentenced to 7 years 4 months

Defendant sentenced to 14 years for bilking Financial Institutions out of $16 Million

Defendant sentenced to 14 years for bilking Financial Institutions out of $16 Million

By Jennifer Felten United States v. Vera Kuzmenko In this case the United States government brought an action against defendant Vera Kuzmenko, a real estate agent, and others, on account of a massive real estate fraud she orchestrated. The scheme involved the defendant obtaining real estate commissions by submitting grossly fraudulent loan applications to lenders […]

New influx of federal funding for CA mortgage relief

New influx of federal funding for CA mortgage relief

Orange County man pleads guilty to defrauding victims in foreclosure scam

Orange County man pleads guilty to defrauding victims in foreclosure scam

Orange County resident Sergio Sanchez Santibanez has plead guilty to felony grand theft and felony foreclosure consultant fraud. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit. The charges arose from a fraudulent short sale and foreclosure rescue program called Foreclosure Legal Services (FLS) based in the […]

Case of the Month–Mechanic’s Lien and the lender’s rights

Case of the Month–Mechanic’s Lien and the lender’s rights

By Jennifer Felten  The case resulted from the total default of a borrower on a real property in Los Angeles County. At the time of the default, the property was subject to a deed of trust and a mechanic’s lien, the mechanic’s lien being in lower priority than the deed of trust. Faced with foreclosure, […]