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United States of America v. Jamie Matsuba and Thomas Matsuba
Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California
Case Number: 2:16-cr-00538-RGK
Judge: R. Gary Klausner
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Niall M. O’Donnell, David A. Bybee, Jennifer L. Farer and Nicholas Acker
Defendant's Attorney: Jerome Haig for Dorothy Matsuba
Pete Johnson for Takaharo Thomas Matsuba
Dean Steward for Jamie Matsuba
Mark Werksman for Jane Matsuba-Garcia
Description: Los Angeles, CA - TWO LOS ANGELES-AREA MANAGERS OF FORECLOSURE RESCUE COMPANIES CONVICTED FOR ROLES IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
A federal jury found two Los Angeles-area managers of foreclosure rescue companies guilty on December 14, 2017 for their roles in a foreclosure rescue scheme.
Jamie Matsuba, 33, and her father, Thomas Matsuba, 67, both of Chatsworth, were convicted after a one-week trial of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, making false statements to federally insured banks and committing identity theft. In addition, both defendants were convicted of one count of making false statements to federally insured banks. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 14, 2018 at 10 a.m., before U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who presided over the trial.
According to evidence presented at trial, from January 2005 to August 2014, Jamie Matsuba, Thomas Matsuba and others engaged in a scheme to defraud financially distressed homeowners by offering to prevent foreclosure on their properties through short sales. Instead, the conspirators rented out the properties to third parties, did not pay the mortgages on the properties, and submitted false and fraudulent documents to mortgage lenders and servicers to delay foreclosure. The evidence further established that the conspirators obtained mortgages in the names of stolen identities. In addition, the defendants used additional tactics, including filing bankruptcy in the names of distressed homeowners without their knowledge and fabricating liens on the distressed properties, the evidence showed.
Three other defendants have been charged in this matter. Defendant Dorothy Matsuba, 66, of Chatsworth, who is the mother of Jamie Matsuba and wife of Thomas Matsuba, and her daughter, Jane Matsuba-Garcia, 41, of Camarillo, previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Defendant Young Park, of Los Angeles, is a fugitive. In addition, in related cases, Jason Hong, 36, of Chatsworth, and Ryu Goeku, 47, of Canoga Park, previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
This case was investigated by the FBI, IRS-CI, FHFA-OIG and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Individuals who believe that they may be a victim in this case should visit the Fraud Section’s Victim Witness website for more information.