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Couple Charged With Real Estate Scam In Ventura County; Loss Estimated At More Than $5 Million

A husband and wife are facing multiple criminal charges after Ventura County prosecutors say they stole millions of dollar from elderly homeowners in a real estate scam.

Prosecutors say James Rojas and Yvonne Martinez created false liens against five multi-million dollar properties in the county, clouding the legal title to the homes.

The five victims ranged in age from 66 to 90 years old, with each of them losing a million dollars or more. The two Riverside County residents charged in the case remain in the Ventura County jail, in lieu of a million dollars bail each.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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