Emma Adel, 45, and Mazen Fazah, 39, both of Rancho Cucamonga, California, were recently arrested for stealing title to a home and then selling it for profit.
Adel and Fazah were arrested on November 25, 2014, and have been booked at West Valley Detention Center on felony arrest warrants for various criminal acts involving felony real estate fraud.
Following the arrest, a search warrant was executed on the defendants’ homes and Upland-based business, Smart Edge Auto.
In June 2014, Adel and Fazah allegedly unlawfully acquired a vacant house in Rancho Cucamonga and forged the names of the owner and notary public on the grant deed. Next, they transferred the property into their own business called “Perking’s Trust.”
According to the charges, shortly after recording the false grant deed with the County Recorder, the pair deceived the escrow and title companies and sold the house to an unsuspecting buyer for over $440,000.
Adel and Fazah were booked on 22 felony charges (see attached copy of the complaint) with more charges pending in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Deputy District Attorney Vance Welch will prosecute this case.
Adel and Fazah were arraigned via video Nov. 26, and both pleaded not guilty to all counts. A Disposition/Reset Hearing is scheduled Dec. 22 at the San Bernardino Justice Center.
Investigators from the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit made the arrests.
“During the search we were able to seize additional evidence related to the investigation,” said Senior Investigator John Vega, who is assigned to the case.