A federal grand jury has returned indictments against seven people in connection with a local mortgage fraud scheme.
Benjamin Wagner, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, said the seven were charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements involving the purchase of at least 23 homes.
Those charged by the federal grand jury were identified as Jannice Riddick, also known as Jannice Frazier, 30, of Sacramento; Aleksandr Kovalev, 50, of Rocklin; Arthur Chang Menefee, 42, of Stockton; Adil Qayyum, 31, of Rosele, Ill.; Elsie Pamela Fuller, 38, of Richmond; Leona Yeargin, 46, of San Pablo; and Florence Francisco, 62, of Houston, Texas.
Fuller and Yeargin also were charged with aggravated identity theft for using stolen identification to purchase a home as part of the mortgage fraud scheme.
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