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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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
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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Duy Khac Nguyen's 2 Loan-Mod Companies Screwed Folks for Nearly $150k: Prosecutors

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Animal Planet
Who would that title apply best to: the victims or the alleged fraudster?

A 34-year-old Garden Grove man who pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court Tuesday to cheating 42 distressed homeowners out of about $92,000 is facing similar charges in Riverside County, where he is accused of stealing more than $50,000 from 16 victims. Duy Khac Nguyen ran HAMP Resources in Garden Grove and First Universal Solutions in Lake Elsinore, according to prosecutors in each county.

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Greenlight Financial Settles Discrimination Complaint by Women on Maternity Leave

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Loans to women on maternity leave get a "green light"

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that an Irvine-based mortgage lender will pay $48,000 to settle allegations it violated the Fair Housing Act by denying or delaying mortgages to women on maternity leave.

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Yorba Linda (x 3), La Habra, Seal Beach, Westminster Make Lists Ranking LA Suburbs

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It's now the Land of Gracious Healthy Wealthy Getting Crowded Living!

A financial website ranked Los Angeles suburbs by which perform the best across various economic, social and quality-of-life categories, and Yorba Linda pops up on lists for highest-earning, fastest growth and highest healthcare coverage. Not that Yorba Linda (or any Orange County city) would like to be known as a suburb of LA, but can you guess which of those three lists had The Land of Gracious Living at No. 1?

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Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach Among Real Estate Site's 50 Most Boring Cities in America

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Wake me when it gets exciting ...

Do you want the good news or the bad news first. OK then, no Orange County city is among a wascally real estate site's list of the Top 10 Most Boring Cities in America. But two of our biggest cities and an LA County neighbor we adopted long ago do crack the top 50.

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Roberto Duran is Busted in OC! No, Not the "No Mas" Boxer, the Alleged Loan-Mod Scammer

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All mugshots courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department
Roberto Duran, 41, of Montebello, was a dirty sales team manager, according to cops and prosecutors.
Just to make it clear from the outset, the Roberto Duran who along with six others was indicted in what Orange County prosecutors call the biggest loan modification scam in the country IS NOT Roberto Duran, the "no mas" boxer. According to the Newport Beach Police Department and Orange County District Attorney's office, 41-year-old Duran and his co-horts--who include two suspects still at large--stole about $13.5 million from around 3,500 distressed homeowners who were falsely promised loan-mod help.

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