TOPEKA | Two men from California have been convicted for filing fraudulent bankruptcy petitions in Kansas as part of scheme to bilk homeowners facing foreclosure.
Acting U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker announced Tuesday that a federal jury convicted 42-year-old Isaac Yass, a citizen of Israel who had been living in Los Angeles, and 39-year-old Robert Andrew Blechman of Culver City, Calif.
Yass and Blechman were convicted Friday of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, and six counts each of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The government accused the men of persuading people behind in mortgage payments to pay a monthly fee to stop foreclosure proceedings.
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Under federal law, a bankruptcy filing triggers an automatic freeze on foreclosure sales. But if the filing is found to be false, the foreclosure moves forward.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 11.