Elena L. Ramirez, 39, Tillamook County, Oregon, and Diana Diaz-Ramirez, 28, Tillamook County, Oregon, have been arrested on charges of using stolen Social Security cards and false immigration documents to obtain a home loan and employment. Each face 1 count of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, 3 counts of Conspiracy, 1 count of Aggravated Theft – Theft by Receiving, 1 count of Aggravated Identity Theft, 1 count of Forgery in the First Degree, 8 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft and 7 counts of Identity Theft.
Elena L. Ramirez was arrested Tuesday, July 13, 2010. A warrant for the arrest of Diana Diaz-Ramirez was issued.
Attorney General John Kroger today announced the indictment and said, “Combating mortgage fraud is crucial to bringing stability back to the housing market and helping the economy recover.”
A criminal indictment is merely an allegation. Every criminal defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating the case with the Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General, the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Department and the Tillamook Police Department. The Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office also is assisting with the case.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Groux of the Department of Justice Mortgage Fraud Task Force is prosecuting the case for the Oregon Department of Justice.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department’s mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.