Michael Stewart and John Packard of Pacific Property Assets Popped for Alleged Ponzi Scam

The owners of a now-defunct real estate investment firm with offices in Irvine and Long Beach were arrested today for an alleged Ponzi scheme that ended with their company bankrupt and banks and investors losing more than $110 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

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Alexander A. Romaniolis of Irvine Cops to Fraud in $2 Million Mortgage-Lending Scam

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An Irvine man who used phony buyers to acquire eight residences in San Clemente and the Sacramento-area cities of Roseville and Rocklin so that he could engage in mortgage fraud pleaded guilty to federal charges against him.

Alexander A. Romaniolis, 48, copped to the mail-fraud charges Thursday in a federal grand jury indictment issued March 21, 2013, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

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Crowdfunding Used to Try to Save the Home of Seal Beach Mass Shooting's Final Victim

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to save the home of David Caouette, the last of eight people fatally shot in the worst mass shooting in Orange County history.

Caouette was gunned down outside Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Oct. 12, 2011.

Now, his widow is struggling to save their home of 28 years.

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Thomas Franklin Tarbutton, Former Fugitive in $3 Million Ponzi Scam, Faces the Music Today

A fugitive "hard money" lender was extradited back to Orange County from Panama for embezzling nearly $3 million from investors in a Ponzi real estate fraud scheme, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

Thomas Franklin Tarbutton, the 54-year-old former operator of Villa Capital Inc. and Newport Beach resident, had escaped the law since October 2011, when he fled Orange County for Brazil, the OCDA alleges.

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Blair Christopher Hanloh Gets 4 Years for Forging Documents to Acquire Others' Homes

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Blair Christopher Hanloh was sentenced last week to four years in county jail for forging documents to take over five homes in Anaheim, Dana Point and San Clemente he did not own so he could rent them out to others.

That represented something of a break for the Long Beach 50-year-old, who was looking at a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison following his Oct. 30 conviction on five felony counts of recording false and forged instruments.

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Loral Langemeier Millionaire Makeover Tour Stop in Anaheim Comes with Many Warnings

Loral Langemeier's Millionaire Makeover Tour makes a stop Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort, where the free event promises to teach you "how to create a livelihood sustainable in any economy."

But there are plenty of warnings online that those who drink the Loral Langemeier Kool-Aid find themselves subjects of hard sells of her get-rich-through-real-estate program that have left them, uh, less rich.

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Octomom Nadya Suleman and Her 14 Kids Face Holiday Eviction Threat in Orange: Report

Ho-ho-ho-hum: another holiday season, another eviction threat for Octomom Nadya Suleman and the single baby maker's 14 children.

Suleman, who was accused of trashing the La Habra home that she left for a Palmdale home that she trashed before moving to Orange, is now accused of trashing that home, too.

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Bryan D'Antonio, Charles Wayne Farris, Ronald Rodis Accused of $12 mil Loan-Mod Scam

Federal agents on Tuesday arrested two Orange County men for operating businesses that allegedly offered bogus loan modification assistance to struggling homeowners, and an attorney tied to their companies surrendered to authorities on Wednesday, the feds announced.

Bryan D'Antonio, 47, of Brea, Charles Wayne Farris, 53, of Aliso Viejo, and the attorney, Ronald Rodis, 49, of Irvine, were all named in a federal indictment unsealed after an FBI and IRS investigation that found 1,800 homeowners were soaked for $12 million in fees and many lost their homes.

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Santa Ana Rated 4th Worst U.S. City for Renters

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Do you suppose city and chamber officials would mind if "Welcome to Santa Ana" signs included in small tape "the fourth worst place in America to be a renter?"

That dubious distinction comes from a study titled "Rental Bang for Your Buck," which names the five best and five worst U.S. cities for tenants.

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Linda Rose Gagnon Guilty of Cheating Nuns Out of $285,000 in Real Estate Fraud Scam

Wonder which circle of hell Tustin businesswoman Linda Rose Gagnon is bound for after being convicted Tuesday of cheating a group of nuns out of $285,000 in a real estate scam and then spending the loot on lingerie, pet sittings and car loan payments?

Jurors deliberated about 45 minutes before finding the 59-year-old guilty of three counts of wire fraud, setting her up for a sentence of up to 60 years in federal prison at her scheduled Feb. 24 hearing in Santa Ana.

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