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    Request for leniency could backfire on Jennifer Crisp

    BY JOHN COX Californian staff writer
    Saturday, Mar 08 2014 09:00 PM

    Jennifer Crisp was such a trusting wife she let her husband's employees take care of details she really should have handled herself.

    They not only made payments on at least seven homes fraudulently purchased under her name, but they paid her household bills "because I wanted no part of it," according to recent federal court filings.

    But if she was in the dark about her husband David's criminal business activities, she was not blind to the benefits. Among the court files are receipts for a $27,500 Chanel watch, a $1,140 Louis Vuitton shoulder bag and trips the couple took to Tahiti and Cancun, Mexico.

    Now, as Jennifer awaits sentencing at the end of this month on federal charges of mail and wire fraud, concerns are being raised that...

  2. David Crisp's wife expected to take plea deal in mortage fraud case

    The wife of one of the primary defendants in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case is expected to plead guilty to one count each of mail fraud and wire fraud on Dec. 16. A news release from the Office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner...

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    Another former sales agent takes plea deal in Crisp & Cole case

    Michael Angelo Munoz, a former real estate agent and defendant in Bakersfield's Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case, has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of mail fraud, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced Tuesday. While Munoz's plea...

  4. Flying high in real estate market

    Carl Cole to plead guilty to fraud

    Carl Cole — one of two men at the center of Bakersfield’s notorious Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case — has agreed to admit to one count of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud, bringing to 10 the number of people with plea deals...

  5. Seventh Crisp & Cole defendant agrees to plead guilty to charges

    A seventh defendant in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case has agreed to plead guilty next week to charges that she provided false information on loan applications for three Bakersfield homes in 2006. Sneha Ramesh Mohammadi, a former...

  6. Crisp & Cole trial set to begin next January

    A trial in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case has been scheduled to begin Jan. 28 of next year -- five years and four months after federal agents raided homes and offices connected to the formerly high-flying Bakersfield real estate firm....

  7. Crisp & Cole agent sentenced to 27 months

    A federal judge Monday sentenced a former sales agent with the now defunct real estate firm of Crisp, Cole & Associates to 27 months in prison for his role in a massive mortgage fraud case. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill sentenced...

  8. Lender asks to delay civil trial against Crisp, Cole, others

    A lawyer for the former Fremont Investment and Loan has asked for a delay in its civil trial against a group of people who worked for or with Crisp, Cole & Associates, a defunct Bakersfield real estate firm whose principals are under...

  9. Judge in Crisp & Cole case chooses October for next court date

    A federal judge in the Crisp & Cole Real Estate mortgage fraud case on Friday scheduled the next status conference for Oct. 7, agreeing with defense lawyers that several months were needed to review extensive computer evidence seized by the...

  10. Crisp & Cole defendant wants his belt back

    There are belts and then there are belts. The black leather one that a Kern County Sheriff's deputy removed from the waist of Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Jayson Costa was the kind you don't easily forget. Now that it's missing, he...

  11. Last Crisp & Cole defendant released pending trial

    Jayson Costa, one of 10 people connected to Crisp & Cole Real Estate facing federal prosecution for allegedly engaging in mortgage fraud, was released on bail Thursday following a hearing in Fresno. Now all the suspects are free pending...

  12. Crisp ordered released from custody

    David Crisp, a former real estate executive now facing federal mortgage fraud charges, was ordered released from custody Wednesday and was expected to return to Bakersfield to live with his wife and son at his sister's home. Magistrate...

  13. Bail hearing for Crisp & Cole defendant delayed

    A bail review hearing for former loan officer Jayson Peter Costa was continued Monday to 11 a.m. Thursday to allow defense attorneys, pretrial services and prosecutors to look further into some concerns raised privately with U.S. Magistrate...

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