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September 28, 2009

Oregon Mortgage Broker Charged with Identity Theft

Recently, I have reported on identity thieves from all walks of life - elderly care workers, radio personalities, pharmacists, bank officers, etc.  Today's criminal is a mortgage broker.

The Oregon Attorney General Mortgage Fraud Task Force has indicted Julian JamesRuiz, III, a Salem, Oregon mortgage broker, on charges of identity theft, forgery, mortgage fraud and aggravated theft.  Ruiz is the owner and manager of American Home Modifications, a company that modifies loans.  Unfortunately, his current customers won't be able to get their loans modified and are urged to contact a HUD approved counselor to avoid foreclosure or defaulting on their loans.  To do so, consumers can call 800-SAFENET or go

Ruiz faces a total of 17 counts of first degree aggravated theft, mortgage fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, forgery in the first degree and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree.


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