Friday, February 11, 2022

Looks like a third member of a family convicted in a fraud scheme successfully fled the country following conviction


Moments after the brash Encino real estate broker was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison for her key role in a tawdry pandemic loan scam, [the] prosecutor ... asked a judge to put her in prison immediately. There was a “high, high likelihood,” he said, that [the convict] would flee, just as two relatives had done after their convictions in the same case.

[The trial judge] disagreed. “I’m going to give her 30 days to self-surrender,” he said.

[The convict] vanished on Jan. 28, dodging both her federal prison sentence and her upcoming trial on unrelated state mortgage fraud charges.

It was a crushing blow to prosecutors and investigators who uncovered the conspiracy by [the convict] and seven others to use fake companies, phony payrolls, forged tax returns and stolen driver’s licenses to get $18 million in emergency loans meant to rescue small businesses ravaged by 2020 lockdowns.