Friday, August 17, 2012

Indictments Filed Against Pair Accused Of Duping Homeowners Into Giving Up Control Of Homes To Avoid F'closure, Illegally Snatching Vacant Homes

In Denver, Colorado, The Denver Post reports:

  • The Denver Grand Jury has indicted two men in connection with a series of real-estate scams targeting homeowners facing foreclosure and Spanish-speaking would-be homebuyers.

    Alfonso Carrillo, 50, and his associate Rudy Breda, 53, are charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and face multiple counts of theft, burglary and criminal trespass. Carrillo is charged with 18 counts and Breda with 10 counts.

    The indictment, filed in Denver District Court [], alleges that Carrillo found homeowners facing foreclosure and, for a nominal fee, persuaded them to give him control of the properties. He misrepresented it as a way to avoid foreclosure. Carrillo and Breda would then allegedly sell the properties using phony documents.

    The charges also allege that the duo would illegally gain access to empty homes, taking thousands of dollars in payments from unsuspecting buyers. Once the buyers were discovered by mortgage lenders or the actual property owners, they were forced to vacate the properties. Carrillo and Breda allegedly targeted Spanish-speaking homebuyers who were often undocumented, according to the indictment.

    Arrest warrants have been issued for both men, with bail set at $750,000 for Carrillo and $20,000 for Breda. Carrillo already faces multiple felony counts of theft and forgery, but the earlier charges will be dismissed. The next court date for Carrillo and Breda has not been set.

    The indictment also alleges Jose Caraveo, 39, and Veronica Fernandez-Beleta, 40, broke into a home and remained there unlawfully from April 2011 to this month. They are charged with first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree burglary.

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