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Orange County Superior Court plans "soft-opening" May 26, 2020

Contact our offices if you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through these unprecedented times.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange will re-open courthouses for limited services, but members of the public should not visit a courthouse unless they have been notified by the Court that they have a hearing scheduled on their matter.

From the OC Superior Court Announcement:
"Beginning May 26, 2020, the branch courthouses will begin conducting preliminary hearings on felony matters. Criminal jury trials will start up in June. The number of hearings and trials is expected to grow over the coming weeks, as conditions allow. “We will be resuming four criminal jury trials that were suspended due to the Court closure and we hope to commence additional criminal jury trials in early June,” said Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura."

You can find out more on the OC Courts website or call us directly at (714) 973-2024.

Mortgage Loan Modification & Defrauding Charges

Ferrentino & Associates secures acquittal after a 6 year battle in federal court.

US v Damon Carriger

Published 3/14/2020

In 2014, Carriger was charged with 24 counts of fraud in a federal indictment alleging he and three other defendants conspired to defraud distressed homeowners after the housing bubble burst in 2007-2008 by offering mortgage modification services. Two defendants plead guilty and cooperated against Carriger. At the first jury trial in 2019, the government dismissed 14 counts of mail fraud, the jury acquitted him of 9 counts and deadlocked on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The other defendant was convicted of all charges.

At re-trial in February 2020, Attorney’s Correen Ferrentino and Julie Goerlinger obtained a not guilty jury verdict on the one remaining count of conspiracy. Mr Carriger walked out of court acquitted of all charges after a 6 year battle with the federal government to prove his innocence and clear his name. The evidence in both trials showed he was an employee who cared about his clients, worked hard and was a successful salesperson. That success the government tried to spin as his efforts to assist the owners in defrauding homeowners. The government failed to convince jurors this was true. But the stress of this battle took a tremendous toll on Mr Carriger and his family’s health and well being and his ability to work. He looks forward to returning to focusing on his wife and children, his health and finding a new industry in which to gain employment.

National Increases in Mortgage Fraud Charges

Mortgage Fraud is a general category within which numerous other types of fraud are defined: Insurance fraud, mail fraud, employment fraud, appraisal fraud and more. It may be perpetrated by participants in a loan transaction, where those facing charges could be the borrower (a loan officer originating the mortgage), an appraiser, escrow representative or even multiple parties in more complex cases.

In June 2008, the mortgage fraud caseload for the FBI was found to have doubled in the past three years to more than 1,400 pending cases, as indicated by the FBI in this informational release. Read more from the FBI's website here.

Additionally, in May 2009, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, or FERA, Pub.L. 111–21, 123 Stat. 1617, S. 386, public law in the United States, was enacted. The law takes a number of steps to enhance criminal enforcement of federal fraud laws, particularly involving financial institutions, mortgage fraud, and securities fraud or commodities fraud. More information on the increasing prosecution of mortgage fraud can be found here.

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