Maria Carrillo joins her husband in jail on racketeering charges for real estate scam
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In August, we told you about the arrest of Alfonso Carrillo on racketeering charges related to an elaborate real estate scam.
Now, Carrillo's wife, Maria Carrillo, is facing similar charges. And while allegations against two others ID'd in the first indictment have been dropped, a named fugitive remains at large.
As we reported in our original coverage, on view below in its entirety, Alfonso would allegedly gain access to empty houses, then "sell" them to people who wanted a place of their own badly enough to offer up everything from cash to car titles in exchange.
Problem is, Alfonso didn't own the properties in question. In some cases, he was able to enter them only after his associate, Rudy Breda (the guy who's still on the run), got past locks or lock boxes placed there by the real owners. The buyers would then move in and often spend lots of dough to fix up the joints, only to be tossed out when the legitimate owners discovered them there.
What was Maria's role? The superseding indictment, shared below, reveals that when Alfonso recommended that his clients file bankruptcy in order to "interrupt any legal proceedings that might be pending against them," Maria would do the filing for them -- an action that presumably did more to benefit her and Alfonso than any of their thoroughly duped clients.
For her participation, Maria has now been charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, plus what are described as "other felony counts of forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery and attempt to influence a public servant."
Meanwhile, Jose Caraveo and Veronica Fernandez-Beleta, who were named as defendants in the earlier indictment, are confronted with a classic good news-bad news situation. The good news: They no longer face any charges. The bad news: They're now considered victims of theft -- something they've presumably known for quite some time.
Look below to see a larger version of Maria's mug shot, followed by the superseding indictment and our previous coverage.
Big photos below.
Original post, 12:53 p.m. August 7: According to an indictment on view below, Alfonso Carrillo portrayed himself in Spanish language media and elsewhere as a savior for Latinos who wanted to own a home but were crippled by bad credit -- and sure enough, he put a roof over plenty of people's heads. Problem was, the clients didn't realize that roof, and everything else, allegedly belonged to someone else.
The scams, said to have involved numerous companies, including America's Home Retention Services, as well as the handiwork of accused cohort Rudy Breda, were plenty complicated -- hence an indictment that's more than thirty pages in length.
A graphic from America's Home Retention Services.
Among other things, the document says Carrillo would gain access to empty houses, then "sell" them to people desperate to get their own place, accepting as payment cash, services or even the titles to cars.
Good deal? Not exactly -- because prosecutors say the paperwork buyers signed was bogus, and Carrillo didn't actually own the properties. Indeed, he apparently gained access to some of them only because Breda, his right-hand man, would sneak onto the properties without permission and change locks or lock boxes placed there by the actual owners.
Nevertheless, the unsuspecting buyers would move into the homes in question, often spending money to fix them up, only to be evicted when the legitimate owners showed up. The result: Plenty of people were out thousands of dollars they were in no position to lose.
Carrillo and Breda are the ones facing a deficit now. Each of them are charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, plus a slew of theft, burglary and criminal trespass counts -- eighteen total for Carrillo, ten for Breda. But at this writing, they have not yet turned themselves in, presumably because they don't want jail to be their new address.
Look below to see photos of Carrillo and Breda, as well as the aforementioned indictment.
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