A Riverside husband-and-wife team face charges of foreclosure fraud and filing false documents.
According to Ventura County prosecutor Gregory Totten, the pair targeted elderly Ventura County residents. The victims ranged in age from 66 to 90 years old. Allegedly, the pair created fake liens against properties worth millions of dollars. The phony liens clouded the owners’ titles to their homes. According to the prosecutor’s office, each of the victims lost more than $1M in the scam.
One suspect, a 66-year-old-woman, has pleaded guilty to one felony count of filing a forged or false instrument. At her sentencing on July 24, the judge will dismiss the remaining 7 felony charges.
Her partner, a 62-year-old man, will return to court on July 1 for a bail review. He is also scheduled to appear in court on July 16 for a preliminary hearing. The man is representing himself. Prosecutors have charged the man with one count of illegal foreclosure and six counts of filing false instruments. In addition to the felony counts, he also faces special allegations of causing losses exceeding $500,000.
The couple each remain jailed in lieu of a $1M bail.
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