A California man recently received a 144-month prison sentence and three years of supervised release for his part in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. In addition to the 12-year jail sentence, the federal judge presiding over the matter also ordered the man to pay $1 million in restitution to homeowners allegedly defrauded by his activity and nearly $100,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
A pair was recently arrested and charged with federal white collar crimes that stretched from California to at least five other states. Investigators claim that their alleged multi-state mortgage fraud scheme stripped investors of funds totaling more than $45 million.
A man recently pleaded not guilty in relation to a mortgage scam involving four California mansions. The man is being accused of multiple federal crimes, including conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.
A federal grand jury handed down an indictment this week charging a Sacramento resident of mortgage fraud. The landscape of the housing market has seen extreme upheaval over the last decade. There was a point when home values were very high and it seemed like there was no way to lose when investing in residential property this led to an atmosphere in which credit and income checks were a mere formality because it was seemingly impossible for anyone to lose money.
Gang activity is said to be on the rise in California and across the country, with estimates that upwards of one and a half million people are gang members. That figure is up some 40 percent from just two years ago, although some of the increase is likely due to more detailed reporting techniques by authorities. The northeast and southwest sections of the U.S. are cited as areas experiencing the greatest growth. It is also claimed that gangs have become more entrepreneurial, branching out to white collar crimes, such as mortgage fraud, bank fraud and selling pirated video games.