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    Farmer rules out appeal of Crisp & Cole sentence

    BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, Oct 20 2014 04:51 PM

    Julie Dianne Farmer has decided not to appeal her conviction and sentence in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud scheme, one of her attorneys announced Monday.

    Farmer had until Monday to file an appeal after being sentenced Sept. 29 to three years in prison and five years of supervised release. She was found guilty in April of five felony counts including conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud.

    "While we continue to believe she was wrongly convicted, Julie has agreed to accept the jury's verdict to avoid the uncertainty and expense of an appeal and provide finality to her case," Sacramento attorney John Balazs wrote in an email.

    The U.S. Attorney's office has about two more weeks to appeal the sentence handed down by U.S....

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    Builder enters local market with plans for 400 new houses

    A large homebuilder active north and south of Kern County has moved into the Bakersfield market with its purchase of nearly 400 unfinished lots it plans to turn into homes for first-time and "move-up" buyers starting next year. Salt Lake...

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    Local home market strengthens slightly

    Bakersfield's single-family home market managed a modest price gain last month despite a seasonal slowdown in sales activity, according to a preliminary update by local appraiser Gary Crabtree. Although the number of homes sold in...

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    Walmart invests in Oildale

    An often-overlooked stretch of North Chester Avenue stole the spotlight Wednesday as Oildale celebrated the opening of a neighborhood grocery store some hope will spark additional investment nearby. Hundreds of area residents and other...

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    Real estate professionals establish fund to help their own

    Kern County real estate professionals have set up a fund to help colleagues who have fallen on hard economic times because of a medical crisis or death in their immediate family. Organizers say the new Real Estate Professionals Family...

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    Next phase of Seven Oaks breaks ground

    For 12 years, Seven Oaks has remained mostly as it was: a grand but incomplete master-planned community in southwest Bakersfield. That period of relative quiet ended Wednesday, albeit symbolically, as developers broke ground on a 175-acre...

  7. Bakersfield man sentenced in mortgage fraud scheme

    In a mortgage fraud scheme with echoes of Bakersfield's infamous Crisp & Cole Real Estate case, federal defendant Antonio Perez-Marcial was sentenced Monday to three years and 10 months in prison. The 41-year-old Bakersfield resident was...

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    Crisp & Cole agent gets 19 months behind bars

    Jeriel Salinas, a former sales agent at Crisp & Cole Real Estate, was sentenced to 19 months in prison Monday. Salinas had faced up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine after agreeing to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to...

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    Homeowner hopes drone videotaping flies 'under the radar'

    Linda Elias could always say, if the feds ever ask, that she simply wanted to share the magnificence of her 6,000-square-foot, Frank Lloyd Wright-esque home along the Kern River near Hart Park. Or, she could just blame her brother, who...

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    Media line up to oppose drone ban

    You may have heard about real estate agents calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the use of commercial drones in U.S. airspace. But now some of the nation's largest newspaper companies -- The Washington Post, the New...

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    Bakersfield home prices slip despite rising demand

    Bakersfield existing home prices slipped last month on a median and per-square-foot basis, even as the number of sales in the city increased significantly. A sales summary issued Monday by local appraiser Gary Crabtree said April's median...

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    Real estate agent sentenced to two years in prison

    Former Crisp & Cole Real Estate agent Michael Angelo Munoz was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for his role in the infamous mortgage fraud case. Munoz pleaded guilty in November to two counts of mail fraud and agreed to forfeit $1...

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    Questions on Crisp & Cole remain after Farmer verdict

    A climactic chapter in Bakersfield's long-running Crisp & Cole saga may have closed with last week's verdict in the trial of Julie Dianne Farmer, but the larger mortgage fraud case is by no means resolved. Still to come are sentencings...

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