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Mortgage Relief Scammer Receives 24 Years Prison Sentence

The Alameda County DA's Office assisted with an investigation into a mortgage fraud operation that resulted in defendant Alan David Tikal receiving a sentence of 24 years in prison.

Tikal was successfully convicted of 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in a joint prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General’s Office. The Alameda County DA's Office, along with Stanislaus County DA's Office, assisted the Special Inspector General for the Trouble Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Strike Force investigation.

Previously, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office prosecuted Tikal for for felony mortgage securities fraud and filing false documents in 2011-2012. For a number of years, Tikal operated 'KATN Trust' and targeted vulnerable, non-English speaking homeowners looking for mortgage assistance in the wake of the financial crisis. In Alameda County, He was sentenced to 16 months state prison and also ordered to pay restitution to the 11 homeowners victimized by this scam.

For further information about our Real Estate Fraud Unit and information on how to file a complaint about suspicious and fraudulent behavior, please visit our website.

For more information about HELP, our Homeowner Education and Loan Protection initiative to help residents of Alameda County respond to real estate fraud, please download our HELP flyer.

Read more about the case at the Attorney General's website.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015