David Saks: Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for $6.9 Mil Real Estate Fraud

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Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for $6.9 Mil Real Estate Fraud

Folsom Man Sentenced for $6.9 Million Investment Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s Office May 03, 2013
  • Eastern District of California (916) 554-2700
 

SACRAMENTO—United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr. sentenced Sacramento developer David Romo, 42, of Folsom, today to 10 years and one month in prison for mail fraud related to a real estate investment scheme that defrauded investors of more than $6.9 million, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Romo ran a sophisticated real estate investment scheme involving numerous investments that obtained millions of dollars through a series of clever misrepresentations to homeowners and manipulations of the real-estate purchase process.

Romo, using his companies Sycamore Ventures LLC, Smarie Investments LLC, and Groupo Immobiliare LLC, solicited individuals to fund various real estate developments.

Rather than using the investor money for the intended purpose, Romo diverted funds to his own personal use and to pay unrelated, prior business expenses.

Romo told investors he had not suffered any adverse court actions, failing to disclose that he had been convicted of bank fraud in United States District Court in Sacramento in 2002.

Court records indicate that Romo began soliciting investors in the current scheme while he was on federal supervised release for his previous criminal conviction.

Judge Burrell, in imposing Romo’s sentence, noted that Romo was on home detention when he committed his current crimes, stating, “This is appalling. He does not respect the law, he does not get it...it is evident the public needs protection.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Russell L. Carlberg and Michael D. Anderson prosecuted the case.

source: FBI



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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Saks • May 03 2013 05:37PM

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How can we prevent criminals like this from committing more crimes even while on probation or house arrest?

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) almost 7 years ago

We can't, Michelle, as long as they're on the street. And even then, they devise ways to scam while incarcerated.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 7 years ago

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