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Man Gets 30 Months for Mortgage Fraud that Included Talega Home

Alexander A. Romaniolis, 48, of Irvine, also has to pay a $17,500 fine.

An Irvine man will spend 30 months in a federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that included a San Clemente property. Patch file photo.
An Irvine man will spend 30 months in a federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that included a San Clemente property. Patch file photo.
A former loan officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison and a $17,500 fine for his part in a mortgage fraud scheme that included a bogus purchase of a San Clemente home.

At sentencing last week, Alexander A. Romaniolis, 48, of Irvine, asked to be released for a short period so he could see his family before completing his sentence, according to Rocklin Today. The judge reportedly denied the request.

According to court documents, Romaniolis recruited straw buyers to pretend to be executives of companies he created, making purchases on behalf of those companies.

"Primarily Romaniolis would buy a property and, on the same day, would resell it to a straw buyer for $60,000 to $350,000 more," U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Lauren Horwood had said previously.

Eight real estate transactions, in San Clemente, Rocklin and Roseville, generated $5 million in loans, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner of the Eastern District of California.

“All of the properties were foreclosed on, resulting in a total loss of more than $2 million,” the release states.

The San Clemente house was at 19 Calle Aveituna in the Talega area, the plea agreement states. It was bought in February 2007.

The straw buyer indicated on loan documents that he made $42,000 a month and was planning on personally occupying the property. This was in spite of purchasing just two months before from Romaniolis another house, this one in Roseville. For that house's loan, he claimed he made $19,500 a month and he planned to live there, the plea agreement states.

Romaniolis arranged both purchases and paid the straw buyer -- identified only by initials -- for his services.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Attorney General’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force investigated the case.

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