Springfield VA-Former Real Estate Agent Sentenced to Five Year Prison Term

Reblogger Margaret Woda
Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

When I grow up, I want to be a blogger like Cindy Jones, an agent in Northern Virginia.  She comes up with great topics and titles for her Localism posts targeting military personnel and I try never to miss any of them. In fact, she's been kind enough to share some of her material with me when I asked.

I was so glad Cindy submitted (Can Your MLS Listing Get You in Trouble) and its follow-up post (below) to the requeat I made in my post earlier this week inviting everyone to provide a link to their first featured post.  Unfortunately, the first one didn't have the re-blog button enabled, but I can share this one with you. 

It's not one of her Localism posts, however, so be sure to go looking for one of those if you really want to be impressed and inspired.

 

 

Original content by Cindy Jones

Former Real Estate Agent SentencedLate last week a fomer real estate agent who had been the target of an FBI investigation and subsequently indicted in 2009 has learned his fate.

Ruben Rojas and his family led a real estate and mortgage fraud scheme that resulted in losses to lenders to the tune of $9 Million Dollars.  Many of the homes that they were involved in flipping or tearing down to rebuild large McMansions subsquently turned into boarding homes in older Springfield neighborhoods. 

It was those boarding houses that led to complaints by neighborhood citizen groups which unraveled the mortgage fraud and subsequently the arrest of close to 20 people including Ruben Rojas his sister-in-law, Litcia Linares, his sister Lourdes Rojas Almanza and his two brothers Grovert Rojas and Jaime Nino Rojas.

Prosecutors were surprised when the judge sentenced Rojas to 5 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release. More than the recommended sentence.   He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9.5 million.   A lawful permanent resident from Bolivia, Rojas will be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation proceedings following his release from prison.

The results of  the Rojas scheme can been seen by anyone driving through neighborhoods in Springfield.  Most of the homes involved in the transactions have gone into foreclosure or have been sold as short sales.  The 30 transactions included in the indictment amount to $24 Million in illegal loans received with bogus documents created by the Rojas group.

Though the sentencing will not fix the sharp decline of home values in central Springfield, nor will it fix the blight that the McMansions leave among the older smaller homes but it should send a message to other agents who were involved in mortgage scams and flipping schemes.  The FBI and local authorites aren't going to let you off lightly when your day in court arrives.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Doug Anderson
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It is nice to read stories like this.  During the height of all this going on nobody really wanted to pay attention.  Bad people will always do bad things but it really did get ridiculous. ~ Doug

July 24, 2010 04:06 PM
Rainmaker
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Thom Abbott
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Busted! Altho I'd like to know when they will see the 9.5 in restitution......

 

Was not sure if I was suppose to put this here or not, but I went back a searching for my first feature....

 

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July 24, 2010 07:10 PM
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Kay Van Kampen
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Margaret, people like this has infected so many markets across the country.  I'm waiting on the verdict of another group here in Springfield Missouri.

July 24, 2010 08:19 PM
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Al Raymondi
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Good to see the bad guys getting what they deserve.

July 24, 2010 10:19 PM
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