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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: When is trial in mortgage fraud case involving members of Sacramento’s Slavic community?

Q: When is the trial to begin for Vera Kuzmenko, tax preparer and loan agent in Sacramento?

Edward, Fair Oaks

A: The trial for Vera Kuzmenko and five co-defendants is to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, according to federal court online records.

Kuzmenko, a tax preparer is one of more than 80 people indicted in 30 cases of alleged mortgage fraud filed by the U.S. District Court in Sacramento and involving members of the area’s Slavic community, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee.

In this case, Vera Kuzmenko, along with Nadia Kuzmenko, Aaron New, Edward Shevtsov, Peter Kuzmenko and Rachel Siders are charged with 23 counts of wire fraud and three counts of mail fraud related to a mortgage fraud scheme. In addition, Vera Kuzmenko, New and Peter Kuzmenko are charged with three counts of money laundering, and Shevstov is charged with structuring of proceeds of fraud. Vera and Nadia Kuzmenko also are charged with witness tampering.

Vera Kuzmenko ran a tax business, VK Tax Services, in the Sacramento area. She was widely known in the Russian-speaking community as someone who could help with taxes and assist people who were having difficulty selling their homes. At the time of the alleged offenses, she had an expired real estate license, according to the trial brief. Federal authorities allege that she was the driving force and profited the most in the fraud scheme.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.