Victim of fraud and forgery losing house, looking to talk with other victims.
A Stevenson Ranch woman who may lose her house because of a widespread real estate fraud is looking to talk with other victims in the area.
Patty Torres, whose husband is one of the 21 victims named in a lawsuit against James Anthony Rojas. Rojas has been charged with 82 felony counts including fraud and forgery and is being held without bail in Los Angeles.
Torres said the problem started last May when they contacted an attorney about her husband filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy. They were facing a balloon payment that would have nearly doubled their house payment and knew they needed help.
“That was on the 24th of May,” Torres told KHTS. “But on May 31, Mr. Rojas recoded a grant deed on our house with two co-signers and June 4, we got a deed in the mail saying we’d gifted the house to him.”
At the time she was pregnant with her fourth child (her other children range in age from 3 to 13) and was assured by the attorney that the situation would be handled. After her child was born in August, she answered a knock on the door and was facing a couple who said they were instructed to sell her house.
“I didn’t know they could do this,” she said. “But I know that more than just we were involved and that this man hurt a lot of people. The detective handling the case thought it would be a good idea to talk with other victims and try and help each other.”
As it stands right now, the Torres family will have to walk away from their home, looking to rent an apartment in Westridge.