A brother and sister in California have been charged with felony criminal mischief for billions of dollars.
Adolfo Schoneke, 43, of Torrance, CA, and his sister, Bianca Gonzalez, 38 - also known as Blanca Schoneke - of Walnut, CA, each pleaded guilty to nine counts Tuesday, according to a lawsuit filed in connection with their detention. The case charges the two of one count of conspiracy, seven counts of telephone fraud and one count of theft of sensitive information.
Investigators estimate that several hundred victims lost more than $ 6 million in co-operation during the program.
According to the defendants, with the help of the conspirators, both defendants used real estate companies based in Cerritos, La Palma and Long Beach under eight different names including MCR and West Coast.
From May 2014 to December 2016, Schoneke, Gonzalez and other conspirators were suspected of plotting the ropes.
Schoneke and Gonzalez are alleged to have registered properties with the Multiple Listing Service using human trafficking licenses at a lower market price to generate interest from potential buyers. The siblings will identify potential markets for potential buyers and fraudulent homeowners to allow them to be displayed, according to the case. In some cases, the property could not be sold and without the owners' permission to register the property for sale. Some properties are listed as short-term and short-term sales opportunities.
Schoneke, Gonzalez and their employees falsely claimed that the sellers had accepted the victims' offer to buy the property and demanded payment as part of the sale, according to the lawsuit. Letters authorizing counterfeit sales were to be issued and employees were allegedly given a reading script when consumers questioned any part of the process. While the victims were trying to cancel the transaction, the lawsuit said Schoneke and Gonzalez would block any kind of complaint or legal investigation by returning some of the money.
In some cases, victims have been detained for years on the grounds that lenders are in the process of approving small sales.
The trial date is set for June 1 in Schoneke and April 13 in Gonzalez.
If convicted of all the offenses, each sibling could face up to 162 years in state prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Schoneke and Gonzalez could not be reached for comment Wednesday.