Kobe Bryant Suffers Injury and Real Estate Setbacks, But at Least Kobe Inc.'s Doing Fine

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Budding Newport Beach business mogul suffers some setbacks.
Yeah, undergoing the knife Wednesday for season-ending shoulder surgery blows, but what really sucks for Kobe Bryant is lowering the asking price on one of his (or is it Vanessa's) home in Newport Coast to $6.995 million. That's down from $7.599 million. Poor mamba!

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Family Run Loan Modification Scammers Preyed on Latinos Throughout SoCal: OCDA

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Money, money, money ...
Three Orange County family members and two of their business associates operated a loan modification scam that stung Latino customers throughout Southern California for nearly $400,000, prosecutors alleged Thursday.

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Meet 32 of Your OC Friends and Fraudsters

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Does he look like he's made of money?
What's that neighbor of yours up to, I mean really? Can we ever know? Well, in the case of the following 32 Orange County neighbors, we now know they've been up to stealing and embezzling and frauding buttloads and buttloads of moolah.

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Are Reality TV's Decline and Real Housewife Vicki Gunvalson's Home-Buying Woes Related?

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Name the season that featured this Real Housewives of Orange County cast
Boy, you hate to read this: Reality TV may finally be sputtering out after a 20-year reign thanks to--of all things--quality programming. Could this be evidence of the decline? Vicki Gunvalson, the only original cast member left on the pioneer of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise--The Real Housewives of Orange County--and the supposed West Coast businesswoman answer to Bethenny Frankel, reportedly can't afford to move into her Dana Point dream home.

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Zillow Real Estate of Sexual Harassment Suit Fame Sued for Age, Race and Religious Bias

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You've come a long way, baby. ... Sorry, wrong ad slogan from 1973.
One man alleging age discrimination, another claiming religious discrimination and three more leveling accusations of race discrimination are suing Irvine real estate company Zillow. Yes, that Zillow, the one my colleague R. Scott Moxley just reported on being sued by a woman who alleges she was subjected to sexual harassment that included a supervisor sending her a text that read: "Joke of the day - A black woman can tell if she is pregnant if she pulls out her tampon and all the cotton has been picked off." Ah, the classics!

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John Thomas Glenn Allegedly Choked and Beat Real Estate Saleslady at Laguna Niguel Home

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Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
John Thomas Glenn is being held on $50,000 bail pending arraignment Tuesday.
Several clients have had problems with their real estate professional from time to time, but if the charges against John Thomas Glenn are justified, the 23-year-old transient took things way too far.

Actually, the 55-year-old real estate saleslady Glenn is accused of putting in a chokehold and punching several times was not helping him buy or sell the Laguna Niguel home where the violence broke out Saturday afternoon. It was instead "a crime of opportunity," according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

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Armando Granillo Gets 15 Months for Fannie Mae Kickback Scheme

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Fannie Mae sales associate Armando Granillo tried to get kickbacks for foreclosure listings.

A former Fannie Mae sales associate out of Huntington Beach was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in federal prison for taking kickbacks from a broker who sold foreclosed properties.

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Samuel Bain, Aminullah Sarpas, Louis Saggiani, Damon Carriger Accused of Loan-Mod Scams

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The vending machine was obviously out of Red Bull.

Federal agents recently busted four men who worked at telemarketing "boiler rooms" that pitched loan modification services to distressed homeowners out of companies with various names in Irvine, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Garden Grove and Westminster from late 2008 to early 2010.

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William David Robin, Alleged Mastermind of $8 Mil Loan Fraud, Has Charges Dismissed Again

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William David Robin
Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey dismissed grand theft and conspiracy charges against William David Robin in May 2013, prompting prosecutors to immediately file new counts against the 66-year-old Coto de Caza man.

Well, the same thing happened on Monday, except this time it was Judge Kazuharu Makino who tossed the case against the owner of Pacific Vantage of Rancho Santa Margarita.

Robin had been accused of masterminding an $8 million real estate fraud scheme that caused 16 victims to lose their homes.

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Terrill "Terry" Meisinger is Back with More Mortgage Fraud Allegations from the Feds

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Tale of the tape

Terrill "Terry" Meisinger will never learn, according to the federal government's latest case against the 74-year-old out of Seal Beach. A federal judge in 2012 convinced Meisinger to pay a $5 million penalty to resolve a lawsuit the U.S. Attorney filed against him for alleged mortgage-loan fraud. Now he's looking at up to 42 years in the federal pen if convicted of doing the same thing after the earlier case had been resolved.

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