Lawyer Disbarred After Stealing $1.1M in Mortgage Modification Scam
Vafa Allan Khoshbin, 52, Los Angeles, California, state bar number 165486, an attorney accused of misappropriating $1.1 million from 10 clients, has agreed to be disbarred. The case was one of the largest misappropriation cases ever handled by the California Office of Chief Trial Counsel.
Khoshbin had promised clients he could get their first mortgages modified and their second mortgages settled for pennies on the dollar.
The clients gave him money, which was deposited either to his client trust account or to his business account. But the cash disappeared before Khoshbin did any loan modification work or made any payments to banks on his clients' behalf, according to a stipulation approved by the State Bar Court.
One couple, Sharooz and Fariba Arianpour, turned over $357,000 thinking it would be used to settle a second mortgage and a loan they held on a car wash.
Koshbin will be placed on involuntarily inactive status May 5, 2012, until the California Supreme Court acts on the disbarment recommendation. Khoshbin also agreed to pay restitution plus interest of 10 percent per year.
In mitigation, Khoshbin was experiencing family and financial problems. Khoshbin also said he inappropriately surrendered his authority to a non-attorney who was handling finances for the firm, Debt Relief Law Center.
Khoshbin, who was admitted to practice in 1993, also received a public reproval Feb. 13, 2012, for failing to follow through with a client's lawsuit against a mortgage lender and failing to refund $5,000 in attorney fees.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Trial Counsel Suzan J. Anderson.
The California State Bar made the announcement.
source: Mortgage Fraud Blog