Archives For Property Theft

Gaetano Antonelli was charged in July 2012, with three cases of organized fraud (less than $20,000). Antonelli’s scheme involved contacting individuals who were behind on their mortgage payments and deceiving them into signing the deed to their property over to him via Power of Attorney (so he could rescue them from their mortgage).

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Eight people accused of illegally taking possession of other people’s vacant or abandoned houses have been indicted. All of the defendants were indicted in connection with the abuse of affidavits of adverse possession and are now facing trial on charges of burglary of a habitation and theft.

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Ifeanyichukwu Eric Abakporo and Latanya Pierce have been arrested and charged for allegedly swindling an elderly woman out of her multi-million-dollar property in Harlem, New York, that she had owned for more than 40 years, and then deceiving a bank into giving them a $1.8 million mortgage loan secured by the property.

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Alfonso J. Salazar, 62, was arrested on February 24, 2012, for fraudulently renting out numerous empty foreclosed (and/or unoccupied) homes in Contra Costa County, California.

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A real estate fraud notification program was implemented in Contra Costa County, California. The purpose of the notification system is to make homeowners aware of recorded transactions to lessen the likelihood of forgeries and fraudulently recorded documents.

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Troy Lamar Preston and Mario Emile McKinley, two men accused of using fraudulent means to obtain the certificate of title to a deceased woman’s home, have been arraigned in San Bernardino, California, Superior Court.

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Venedie Roberto Valencia, 27, North Hollywood, California, who worked at Bank of America at the time of the offense, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme in which the schemers used stolen identities to “purchase” homes that were not for sale.

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Willie E. McKay, who posed as the pastor of Macedonia Pentecostal and transferred title to the property to another church he founded, and then mortgaged the property, has settled the 2008 lawsuit against him.

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Salvador Anzo Sr., 44, is the subject of a $2.1 million dollar fugitive arrest warrant issued by the San Bernardino County Superior Court, California. 

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Sean DeCelle, 44, Troy, New York, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David R. Homer to embezzlement by an agent of a federally insured bank.

Defendant DeCelle admitted that, in or about 2009, while acting as an agent of and connected in a capacity with Quantum Bank (hereinafter “the bank”), the deposits of which

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