SANTA ANA – Seven defendants were charged with mortgage fraud in Tustin and Santa Ana, which resulted in 79 victims robbed, according to prosecutors, worth about $ 247,000.
Natalie Nava, 36; Amir Khoshnevis, 35 years old; Aaron Pearson, 33 Alejandra Orozco, 27 years old; Maria De La Paz, 24 years old; Payom Ilhanipur, 34 years old; and Ryan Pelzer, 30, is indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy, money laundering and large-scale theft with a $ 100,000 to $ 500,000 harsher sentence for an aggravated white collar crime.
The defendants worked for regional community services based in Tustin and Santa Ana and illegally offered advice on mortgage buyouts and debt consolidation, Orange County Attorney’s Office investigator Henry Griffin Jr. said in court documents.
According to Griffin, the defendants “lied to homeowners about getting a low-interest mortgage, and after giving homeowners a ‘payment program’, they requested and received those advances before the mortgage change was approved.”
“The period RCS has been operating was relatively short, from April 2018 to July 2018, due to a phone call I made to RCS in July 2018 and questioned the legality of their foreclosure advisory services. “Griffin said.
After the call, the responders shut down everything, “making it impossible for homeowners to contact anyone at RCS,” Griffin said.
In those few months, Griffin said the defendants collected about $ 247,000 from 79 victims in illegal advance payments.
Khoshnevis, Pearson and Peltzer were found to be fugitives and, according to court records, have not yet been arrested. The rest of the defendants were to appear in court on August 5.