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‘RHONJ’: Judge rejects Joe, Teresa Giudice’s foreclosure challenge on Montville mansion

Joe and Teresa Giudice’s gilded Montville Township mansion is almost as much a character on “Real Housewives of New Jersey” as the reality TV stars themselves — but for how much longer?

Joe and his four daughters continue to live in the mansion while Teresa is in federal prison, and they taped their three-part Bravo special “Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In” there. But a Superior Court judge in Morris County has rejected the couple’s attempt to contest foreclosure on the over-the-top home and granted summary judgment in favor of the mortgage holders, Community Bank of Bergen County

Fraudster’s $4.4M debt to victim banks wiped out, then reinstated

Convicted mortgage fraudster Angel Puentes thought he’d hit the motherlode when a judge cut more than half off the federal prison sentence he was serving and then unexpectedly ruled that Puentes no longer had to pay more than $4.4 million in restitution to his victims.

But Puentes is back on the hook for the money after an appeals court ruled this week that the judge didn’t have the authority to wipe out his debt to the victims.

Costa Mesa woman who ran foreclosure fraud scheme sentenced to 6 years

A 31-year-old Costa Mesa woman was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in federal prison for operating a foreclosure rescue fraud scheme that targeted homeowners with bogus promises of mortgage relief.

Najia Jalan was ordered to pay restitution of about $236,000 and serve three years of supervised release following her 70-month prison term, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Costa Mesa Woman Could Be Sentenced To Federal Prison For Running A Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Scheme

A 31-year-old Costa Mesa woman could be sentenced to federal prison today for running a foreclosure rescue fraud scheme that targeted homeowners with bogus promises of mortgage relief.

Najia Jalan faces between two and six years behind bars following her July guilty plea in Los Angeles to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Hacker gets 9 years for ‘massive’ ID theft

For a time dubbed one of the San Diego FBI’s most wanted cyber fugitives, John Gordon Baden hid out in Tijuana, where he trafficked in the stolen identities of potential homeowners who applied for loans through a U.S. mortgage company.

By the time Mexican authorities arrested Baden in November 2014, U.S. investigators say his computer hack had given him access to more than a half-million loan documents containing names, social security numbers, addresses and email accounts.

2 sentenced in mortgage fraud scheme

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced two people to 30 months and 46 months in prison for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme that involved seven properties in Honolulu and Kona.

Visiting U.S. District Senior Judge Charles R. Breyer sentenced Sakara Blackwell, the real estate broker formerly known as Dawn Sakaguchi, to the 30-month prison term. It was Blackwell who handled the sales of the properties that still had mortgages on them to buyers who were unaware of the mortgages.

Grand jury indicts brothers on grand theft charges

Two brothers accused of bilking a Castalia man out of $30,000 face felony charges of grand theft following a grand jury indictment in August, court records show.

Daniel Keegan, 45, of Castalia, and David Keegan, 47, of Sandusky, could face up to 18 months in jail after a Castalia man said he entered into an agreement to purchase real estate at 7349 E. Ohio 101 only to find out the brothers did not own the land and allegedly were not making mortgage payments to the bank.

Appeals court upholds Regina Preetorius’ conviction in real estate scam

A former Augusta-area businesswoman was fairly tried and sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for a massive fraud based on a phony mortgage rescue operation, an appeals court has declared.

In a six-page opinion released Wednes­day, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Regina Preetor­ius’ convictions for mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

Man extradited from Spain over $20 million Detroit real estate scheme

A New York man charged in a $20 million telemarketing scheme that involved Detroit homes has been extradited from Spain, federal officials announced Friday.

Erez Arsoni is among 16 people accused in federal court of luring 290 victims in 46 states and Canada into a fraudulent investment operation focused on low-cost Detroit real estate.

Arsoni left the country before charges were issued in September 2014.