A West Hollywood man was sentenced to more than 12 and a half years in prison for robbing more than 2,000 homeowners and causing $ 7.6 million in damages.
Patrick Joseph Soria, 35, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and one count of contempt of court. US District Judge Dale Fisher called Soria “a skilled swindler who created a very sophisticated scheme. Judge Fisher said it was not “the biggest case I have led in dollar terms, but it is the most arrogant and heartless.”
Authorities said Soria had been defrauding home buyers across the country for more than three years – using fake title deeds in county offices to make it appear as if he owned real estate, which he then “sold” to victims. Soria used their money for his personal expenses, including escort services and luxury car rentals.