Michael Charles Jackson was charged July 31 with four counts of grand theft and 53 counts of attempting to file a false or forged instrument, with sentencing enhancement allegations of aggravated white-collar crime between $100,000 to $500,000 and property damage exceeding $200,000.
A 34-year-old Sherman Oaks man accused of involvement in a Southern
California mortgage fraud scheme with West Hollywood resident Patrick
Joseph Soria pleaded not guilty Wednesday in an Orange County courtroom
to nearly five dozen felony charges.
Michael Charles Jackson was charged July 31 with four counts of grand
theft and 53 counts of attempting to file a false or forged instrument,
with sentencing enhancement allegations of aggravated white-collar
crime between $100,000 to $500,000 and property damage exceeding
Jackson is due back in court on Friday for a pretrial hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
to a motion to increase Jackson’s bail from $40,000 to $344,000,
investigators alleged he “was an integral part of the fraud scheme used
by (co-defendant) Patrick Joseph Soria’s companies West Inc. and West
H&A LLC to transfer title on residential properties via fraudulent
substitution of trustees and fraudulent assignment of mortgages/deeds of
trust… without the authorization of the beneficiary lender.”
was living with Soria, 33, of West Hollywood and had “intimate
knowledge of the operations of the business and its day-to-day
activities,” investigators alleged. Soria has not yet been arrested in
At least five civil lawsuits have now been filed against
Soria and Jackson’s shell companies; four are in Los Angeles and one is
in Orange County. The suits were filed in Superior Court in L.A. and
One of the civil suits, filed in U.S. District
Court in Los Angeles last year by attorneys for Nationstar Mortgage
against Soria, Jackson and others associated with the shell companies
they operated, claims “defendants, strangers to the subject loans and
having never lent a penny to anyone, created a criminal enterprise by
which they hijacked ‘thousands’ of mortgages via void assignments all in
the name of helping” borrowers.
“They have “helped”
a borrower and her elderly mother by sending “thugs” to her home at
night to evict her. The “thugs” banged on the windows, attempted to
climb the walls of the home and attempted to break the door. … They have
“helped” a family pay $465,000 to the Defendants for the purchase of
a home Defendants claimed to own. Defendants were even accommodating enough to
offer their own title insurance to the family when the family could not acquire
title insurance elsewhere. The family wired the money, moved into the home, and
a few days later were fined for trespassing when they found out that the
Defendants never owned the property they sold them. “.. Defendants also ‘helped’ a borrower, with a
disabled wife and a disabled child lose his home by lying to him about
“refinancing” his loan, again requiring the borrower pay Defendants.
It was not clear why the case was filed in Orange County and
the District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request
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