What do you think Six charged in scheme to obtain home loans for illegal aliens?

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King County prosecutors have filed theft charges against six members of a Bellevue mortgage company accused of helping illegal immigrants obtain home loans.

In charging documents, prosecutors claim the bulk of Casalinda Mortgage’s business came from illegal immigrants to whom firm employees had given false Social Security numbers.

State regulators and the Secret Service launched an investigation into the business in July 2007 following an anonymous tip to the Department of Financial Institutions. Six people — all related by blood or marriage — have now been charged with felony theft.

“The evidence showed that Casalinda employees knew that many of their client-applicants were themselves illegal aliens without valid Social Security numbers, and nevertheless intentionally listed false Social Security numbers on the loan applications in order to get the borrower qualified for the loan,” a Secret Service agent on the case told the court.

“In essence,” he added, “Casalinda Mortgage was a ‘mortgage mill’ for fraudulent buyers.”

According to charging papers, documents seized during a November 2008 showed that about 74 percent of Casalinda’s loans made between April 2007 and October 2008 were fraudulently obtained, amounting to about $ 14.9 million in loans, according to charging documents. Those loans accounted for about $ 550,000 in premiums and fees for Casalinda employees.

Prosecutors claim Casalinda employees grossly exaggerated income in one case, telling a bank that a man earning $ 700 a month was making $ 4,380.

Writing the court, investigators contend several of the accused bilked borrowers through exorbitant fees or inflated interest rates.

To obtain licenses to originate the loans, employees at the firm used Social Security numbers issued to others on applications to the state Department of Financial Institution, according to charging documents. Prosecutors claim one woman used a Social Security number issued to a 29-year-old man; another used a number issued to a man born in 1881 and long dead. One man used a Social Security number issued to an 11-year-old girl.

Writing the court, Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Froh noted that close ties between those accused.

“Most of the defendants are related by either blood or marriage and have strong family ties in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico,” Froh said in court documents.

Four of those charged — Juan Luis Peraza, 44, Rafael Trejo, 36, Carlos Montana, 37, Isaac Martinez, 37 — are believed to have fled to Mexico. Two other defendants, Oscar Gonzalez, 29, and Dolores E. Pimienta-De Sinner, 52, are currently in custody at the King County Jail.

Each has been charged with first-degree theft on allegations that they caused several banks to issue loans through fraud.


  1. Reply
    stoned pumpkin
    May 1, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Let’s hope those Casalinda employees are fired and never get jobs in a bank again.

    Doesn’t the name itself, Casalinda, imply catering mortgage loans to a specific ethnic group only?

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    May 1, 2011 at 2:11 am

    just doing the jobs Americans are to lazy to do……..oh wait…

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    May 1, 2011 at 2:58 am

    If you don’t want to be arrested, DON’T BREAK THE LAW. What part of this do people not get?

  4. Reply
    May 1, 2011 at 3:29 am

    i am not at all surprised…these people fool themselves into thinking that they are acting as a ‘robin hood’ of sorts,, that they are being humanitarian in their efforts, but that means they have to ignore the fact that they are stealing from others, that those ather people whose money it is are real people who work for a living and following the rules of the country that they live in. these people should be hung out to dry. and of course they fled to mexico-it’s not too bad down there NOW, is it?

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    Joel W
    May 1, 2011 at 4:15 am

    We need a death by flame thrower penalty for those guys. Really.

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    Maricopa County
    May 1, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I cannot believe it took them 3 years by then millions of dollars were issued and are lost forever.

  7. Reply
    May 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I hope they go to prison for a long time. Typical.

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