Real Estate Investigators from the San Bernardino (CA) County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit arrested Paul Martinez, 54, formerly of Riverside, on Thursday, September 29, 2005. Martinez was arrested in the City of Los Angeles on several counts of forgery and filing a forged document with the County Recorder’s Office – all felonies. In 2002, Mr. Martinez allegedly forged the victim’s name on a Deed of Trust encumbering her property for $25,000.
Additionally, Martinez allegedly reproduced a notary public’s seal in the commission of the crimes. Martinez was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and bail is set at $50,000 .
Wednesday, January 10, 2007, Paul Stephen Martinez, 55, of Riverside was found guilty of four felony counts of real estate fraud. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit investigated and prosecuted the case.
Martinez was convicted of two counts of forgery, one count of counterfeiting a notary seal and one count of recording a false deed of trust with the County Recorder’s Office.