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Chula Vista couple found guilty for real estate fraud in Riverside County

A Chula Vista Couple pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of grand theft and forgery in a real estate fraud scheme in Riverside County on Dec.8 and were each immediately sentenced to a year of probation.
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Investigators searching the recreational vehicle where the married couple lived at a Chula Vista RV park.

A Chula Vista couple pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of grand theft and forgery in a real estate fraud scheme in Riverside County on Dec.8 and were each immediately sentenced to a year of probation. 

The married couple illegally claimed a man’s Norco property and sold it for nearly $200,000. In exchange for the admission of Brenda Ann Gregory, 54, and her husband, 56-year-old Angel Alfonso Gutierrez, prosecutors dismissed four related felony charges. Superior Court Judge David Gun imposed the sentence given by the prosecution and the defense at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

The victim will be paid restitution though the amount is to be determined by the Department of Probation. The Riverside county Assessor-Clerk Recorder’s office notified the Norco homeowner in September 2020 that a grant deed had been issued to his parcel according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. 

“D.A. investigators determined that someone had purchased the Norco property, believing it was legitimately for sale,” according to a District Attorney’s Office statement. “That purchase was for $189,000, with a $20,000 deposit and monthly payments of $1,300.”

Similar fraudulent sales and purchases believed to be a part of the same scheme were made in properties in Arizona and Texas. Fake names such as Joel R. Silva or Jose M. Garcia were used to make various trusts that were payments were sent to a post office in Garland, Texas. Riverside county did not tie the pair to these alleged schemes. 

Gregory and Gutierrez resided in a recreational vehicle at a Chula Vista RV park where investigators arrested and later searched in a joint investigation involving the DA’s Real Estate Fraud Task Force and the Chula Vista Police Department.