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Former Clovis High football player sentenced to prison for real estate Ponzi scheme

BY PABLO LOPEZ LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST REDDIT PRINT ORDER REPRINT OF THIS STORY May 30, 2018 12:53 PM Updated May 30, 2018 01:04 PM A former Clovis High football player who admitted to operating a real estate Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $19.6 million in restitution to his victims. In March,  Seth Adam DePiano, 36, pleaded guilty  in U.S. District Court in Fresno to mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme to defraud 28 investors of about $24 million. In a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office, he agreed to forfeit more than $700,000 seized from his bank accounts and a collection of nearly 1,000 baseball cards valued at more than $31,000. DePiano also waived his right to appeal his sentence. DePiano faced a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for the mail and wire fraud charges and 10 years maximum for money laundering. Judge Dale Droz

Cal BRE Spring 2018 Real Estate Bulletin from

Commissioner Wayne Bell's Message: We Appreciate, Welcome, and Need Your Ideas, Input, Counsel, and Engagement—on Everything We Do Some ancient societies underscored the value and importance of repetition of thoughts in leading toward advancements and results. So please forgive me if I follow their lead and repeat myself (in part) below. As those of you who have read my commentaries or heard me speak in public know, I believe deeply in the importance of what is done by the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) and I fully endorse and emphasize CalBRE’s workplace values and its mission to safeguard and promote the public interests in real estate matters. Moreover, it has been—and continues to be—my goal as Real Estate Commissioner to continually improve CalBRE. That includes our operations generally, the content of the Real Estate Bulletin and all of our publications, and enhancing the value of what we do in the areas of examinations, licensing, education, enforcement and

Dodd Frank Rollback - May 24, 2018

Trump Signs Dodd-Frank Rollback Into Law May 24, 2018 Phil Hall President Trump signed  S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act , into law this afternoon during a White House ceremony.   “This is all about the Dodd-Frank disaster,” the  President said while flanked by members of Congress . “And they fixed it, or at least have gone a long way toward fixing it.”   The President praised the legislation for reversing “ the crippling Dodd-Frank regulations  that are crushing community banks and credit unions nationwide. They were in such trouble. One-size-fits-all—those rules just don’t work.”   Trump added that “Dodd-Frank’s complex and costly regulations gave large banks an unfair competitive advantage at the  expense of neighborhood banks all over the country . Since Dodd-Frank’s passage just eight years ago, 20 percent of small banks have been put out of business—they’ve disappeared—while banks that were

Tiny Homes turn around Homeless Hardships

St George News 88 89/60 Wed   90/61   Thu   85/59   ‘My hardships became the best qualities in me’; Zion’s Tiny Homes creator says keep going through tough times Written by  or for St. George News Sponsor May 14, 2018 Composite image with the kitchen area of a tiny home built by Zion's Tiny Homes and L-R: Jared McGregor and Autumn McGregor smile for a self-taken photo in Salt Lake City, Utah, Circa June, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Autumn McGregor, St. George News FEATURE   —  The dust has settled on the 99.9 KONY Country’s “Huge Tiny Home Giveaway,” and Teena Cowan of Cedar City walked away May 5 with the keys to a brand new tiny home from Zion’s Tiny Homes. Cowan works at Southern Utah Animal Hospital and is married to a police officer of over 45 years. She is the grandmother of 11 children and is getting set to retire. Read more:   Living tiny: Cedar City woman wins 99.9 KONY Country’s ‘Huge Tiny Home G

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