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Man convicted of fraud, forgery after allegedly attempting to claim estranged wife’s home

A man was convicted Thursday on multiple real estate fraud charges after attempting to defraud his estranged wife.

Richard John Canacari was convicted of two counts of falsifying or forging documents, two counts of possession of a false or forged document, two counts of passing a forged document and one count of grant theft, according to a news release issued by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Canacari recorded a forged deed on July 6, 2016, transferring a home that his wife, who was separated from him in 1991, solely owned, according to the release.

He also used a forged Sacramento Superior Court judgment that ostensibly granted him the home and another fraudulent deed to receive a $200,000 loan on May 9, 2018, with the home as a security, according to the release.

Canacari faces up to 12 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced April 19.

He was previously convicted of felony grand theft in 1992 for borrowing $40,000 using his wife’s same home as a security, according to the release.

Vincent Moleski covers business and breaking news for The Bee and is a graduate student in literature at Sacramento State. He was born and raised in Sacramento and previously wrote for the university’s student newspaper, the State Hornet.