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Updated: 1/23/2014 1:17 pm
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada attorney general’s office is seeking the public’s assistance to locate three people indicted in a case involving a mortgage lending fraud scam.

Prosecutors say William Chrissikopoulos, 43, Alan Dornhuber, 63, and Lynda Finch-Estrada, 54, all of Las Vegas, are accused of operating a so-called “forensic audit” business.

“We appreciate the victims who have come forward with their complaints and want to let others know they can still come forward if they believe they are a victim of these individuals or any mortgage fraud case,” said Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. “We hope the public will help provide us with more information on the defendant’s whereabouts. My office and I will continue to do all that we can to protect Nevadans.”

The investigation indicates there might be more Nevada and California residents affected by the scam.

Investigators describe Chrissikopoulos as a white male in his mid-40s, 6-foot-2, weighing 220 pounds with black hair and hazel/green eyes. Dornhuber is described as a white male in his mid-60s, 6-1, 260, with short light brown/grey hair and blue eyes. Finch-Estrada is described as a white female in her mid-50s, 5-2, 220, with shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes.

Operating under the name USFP, Finch-Estrada, Chrissikopoulos, Dornhuber, and William Patterson, 51, of El Monte, Calif. (currently incarcerated) promoted a so-called “forensic audit,” promising clients that if a “forensic audit” of their mortgage uncovered one or more “Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)” violations, clients would be entitled to a legal remedy resulting in the elimination of their mortgage obligation.

Defendants also peddled an “administrative process” by falsely claiming that sending documents to various entities signed and fingerprinted in accordance with specific instructions, including the use of multi-colored inks, had legal significance which would result in clients obtaining their home free and clear of their mortgage.

Finally, defendants sold a program which promised that clients could obtain their home free and clear of their mortgage by quit-claiming their home to a nonprofit, “American Home Rescue,” paying rent to the alleged nonprofit for a period of time, and then having the nonprofit deed for the home made over to the clients.

The defendants typically charged $6,295 to $12,990 up front for one or multiple programs, but failed to deliver the promised services.

Anyone with any information about Chrissikopoulos, Dornhuber, and Finch-Estrada’s whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshal’s Office at (702) 388-6355. Victims in Nevada with information regarding USFP are urged to submit a written Mortgage Fraud Complaint, which can be found on the AG’s website.

– From news release

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