In the following press release the Weld County (CO) District Attorney’s office announced that a Weld County grand jury has indicted (click here for the indictment) three individuals who were allegedly involved in a [builders] mortgage fraud scheme that left many Greeley area families in foreclosure, reduced property values of neighboring homes, and defrauded lenders.
The year-long investigation by the Weld County District Attorney’s Office began with a tip from a local realtor and resulted in the first COCCA (Colorado Organized Crime Control Act) case filed by the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.
The three individuals charged are:
Mark Strodtman (pictured below) of Windsor, CO (DOB 6/16/1957) who is charged with Racketeering, Theft and Forgery.
Nelson Feliciano of Brooklyn, NY (DOB 11/26/1971) who is charged with Theft and Forgery
Flora Carmona of Windsor, CO (DOB 4/17/1968) who is charged with Theft. Carmona was arrested on March 24, 2008 and posted $20,000 bond.
Court dates for all three individuals are yet to be set.
Flora Carmona, 40, of Windsor was one of three individuals indicted in March for mortgage fraud in the Gateway Lakes subdivision in southwest Greeley. She is charged with felony theft of $15,000 or more and faces up to 24 years in prison if convicted.
Appearing on a $20,000 bond, Carmona let her attorney do the talking for the brief hearing. Her five-day trial is set for June 26, 2009.
The Denver Post reports that a Windsor man who fled the country to avoid being prosecuted as a defendant in multiple mortgage schemes has been captured in Mexico.Mark Strodtman has been a fugitive on Weld County’s Most Wanted list since June.
He was arrested in Mexico by Mexican authorities Tuesday, according to a news release from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.
Strodtman was flown late Wednesday night to Los Angeles, where he was arrested by FBI agents on an outstanding no- bond warrant for racketeering issued by Weld County. He is scheduled to appear today in a California courtroom, where he can waive extradition or fight it, the Sheriff’s Office said.