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

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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

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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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