Charles Christopher Head, 36, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, two weeks after being convicted at trial in Sacramento in a huge mortgage fraud case, was arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with a new crime. Head and three others were arrested by detectives from the Moon Township Police on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 during a prostitution sting at an airport area hotel.
Head was charged with promoting prostitution, criminal conspiracy, and possessing instruments of a crime. He is in custody in the Allegheny County Jail.
A petition was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of California asking that a no bail bench warrant be issued for the defendant.
On May 30, 2013, after a nearly four-week trial, a federal jury in Sacramento, California, found Charles Head, formerly of Los Angeles, and his brother guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a nationwide “foreclosure rescue” scam. According to evidence presented at trial, Charles Head was the leader of a scam that, between January 2004 and March 2006, netted more than $15 million in fraudulently obtained funds from scores of homeowners, many of whom were in California.
After the jury verdict, Head was allowed to remain out of custody. The court advised of the penalties for any failure to appear and that any violation, even a technical violation, would be brought to the court’s attention.
Charles Head is scheduled for a second trial on September 9, 2013 with six other defendants, who are charged with operating an additional equity-stripping scheme that netted approximately $5.9 million in stolen equity from homeowners recruited via the Internet. Head and the other defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.