Pair of Los Angeles men convicted on filing false claims in Kansas

Two Los Angeles men have been convicted of running a scam in which homeowners who were behind on their mortgage payments paid them to hold off foreclosure by filing fraudulent bankruptcy petitions.

Acting U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker announced today that a federal jury convicted Isaac Yass, 42, a citizen of Israel who has been living in Los Angeles, Calif., on the following charges:

  • One count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity fraud
  • Six counts of mail fraud
  • Six counts of aggravated identity theft

Co-defendant Robert Andrew Blechman, 39, Culver City, Calif., was convicted on each of the same counts.

The defendants used the U.S.Postal Service to deliver fraudulent petitions to the bankruptcy court. The petitions contained  false names and Social Security numbers, and addresses for the creditors that were in fact mailboxes or UPS Store locations in Kansas.

“The defendants used the bankruptcy system to operate an illegal foreclosure rescue scheme, causing harm to financially distressed homeowners and threatening the integrity of the bankruptcy system,” Richard Wieland, United States Trustee for Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico said. “The United States Trustee Program appreciates the cooperative efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General that led to this conviction.”

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