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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Anthony Salcedo, 34, of Fair Oaks, to five years and four months in prison for a mortgage fraud scheme. Salcedo was found guilty by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy and four counts of mail fraud after a five-day trial in June 2015.

According to court documents and evidence produced at trial, Anthony Salcedo worked in the real estate industry beginning in 2000 and was licensed as a real estate agent in 2004. He was licensed as a mortgage broker in 2006 and worked for two different mortgage lenders for five years. When selling his personal properties in 2005 and 2006, Salcedo worked with mortgage broker Sean McClendon, 49, of Fair Oaks, and Anthony Williams, 47, previously of Memphis, Tennessee, to find buyers. As an incentive to complete the sales transactions, Salcedo paid kickbacks to the buyers and to McClendon outside of escrow. Salcedo artificially inflated the value of his properties and paid the kickbacks out of the excess financing paid by the lenders who were deceived as to the true value of the purchases they were underwriting. The kickback payments were never disclosed to the lenders as part of the purchase and sale agreements, and the buyers’ income and assets were falsified in order to qualify for the loans.

In all, approximately $2.6 million in fraudulently obtained loans were involved in the scheme, while Salcedo and his family got out from under their $1.6 million in mortgage debt and made over $600,000 of profit at a time when Salcedo knew the real estate market was slowing down. Salcedo was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals after the verdict, and has been awaiting sentencing in the Sacramento County Jail since that time.

According to a Sentencing Agreement on file with the Court, after trial the government’s continuing investigation indicated Salcedo might be hiding assets and manufacturing a drug problem in an effort to avoid restitution payments and influence the amount of time he ultimately served in prison. To resolve those issues, Salcedo agreed the Court need not consider his purported drug problem, which may have qualified him for a drug treatment program and a reduction of his sentence. He also agreed to repay the United States Federal Defenders for the costs of his defense, make a $300,000 payment toward a total restitution obligation of over $700,000, and pay a $50,000 fine before sentencing.

In sentencing Salcedo, Chief Judge England noted, “You really believed that you were going to beat the system. You’re not smarter than everyone else in the world.”

“Anthony Salcedo was a licensed real estate professional who decided to game the system so that he could profit in the midst of the then looming financial crisis, to which his actions contributed,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “We are gratified by the sentence imposed by the Court, which should serve as notice that mortgage fraud remains a serious offense for which there can and should be severe consequences.”

“Beyond the dishonesty and collusion involved, this is significant because of the exchange of money outside of escrow,” said Thomas McMahon, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation. “Through kickbacks, the defendant and his family managed to avoid $1.6 million in mortgage debt while a few buyers declared bankruptcy and not only lost their investment properties but also their homes. IRS-CI is committed to hold accountable those involved in these types of schemes.”

Co-defendant McClendon pleaded guilty and was sentenced on November 5, 2015, to 20 months in prison. He is expected to begin serving that sentence in January 2016. Co‑defendant Williams pleaded guilty, and is currently serving his sentence of two years and nine months in prison.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service‑Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Jean M. Hobler and Marilee Miller prosecuted the case.

Sours: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/fair-oaks-man-sentenced-over-five-years-prison-mortgage-fraud

Man sentenced to prison and work release in fatal Waukegan hit-and-run

Tony Salcedo

A North Chicago man who struck and killed a man with his truck during a fight outside of a Waukegan party in April 2017 was sentenced to 22 months in prison followed by three years of local periodic imprisonment at the end of a daylong sentencing hearing Tuesday.

The sentence imposed by Lake County Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes left family members of both the defendant and victim crying as the crowded courtroom cleared.

Tony Salcedo, 27, pleaded guilty in January to two charges involving the death of 28-year-old Jose J. Diaz of Waukegan, who was struck by Salcedo’s truck during a fight outside of a party in in the early morning hours of April 29, 2017, on Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan.

“What happened in this case is a terrible example of a truly senseless tragedy,” Shanes said in handing down the sentence.

Shanes said that Salcedo had no prior criminal record and had led an apparently “exemplary” life prior to the incident, but also noted that the severity of the case called for prison time.

Salcedo told police he did not see the Diaz — or another man who was struck and injured at the same time — as he was fleeing from the scene of the fight.

Salcedo also said he saw men brandishing guns after an argument inside the party turned into a melee outside the barber shop where a private event was being held.

During a police interview the next day, Salcedo told police he had nine or 10 beers during the evening leading up to the 4 a.m. crash, and indicated it was one reason he did not report the crash at the Waukegan police station three blocks away.

He also said he and a passenger were being chased for about five minutes by a truck before they left Waukegan to hide the truck at a manufacturing business in Grayslake.

In early January, Salcedo pleaded guilty to charges of failing to report an accident involving death, which is a Class 1 felony and most serious charge he faced, and obstructing justice.

Jose Diaz

Under a partially negotiated settlement approved by Shanes, the state in exchange for the plea dropped charges of reckless homicide against Salcedo and agreed to a sentencing cap of 10 years to be served at 50 percent for the failure to report charge.

Salcedo had been free after posting bond shortly after his arrest, and after the sentence was handed down, defense attorney Douglas Zeit asked Shanes to allow Salcedo to report for incarceration Wednesday so he could say goodbye to his family and child. Prosecutors objected and asked that his bond be revoked and that Salcedo be taken into immediate custody.

Shanes denied the defense request and Salcedo was immediately remanded to Lake County jail to await transport to an Illinois Department of Corrections facility.

“We’re very satisfied with the sentence,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Ori said after the hearing.

Salcedo is to serve 50 percent of the 22-month prison sentence, and then the full three years of periodic imprisonment afterward, in which he will be held in community-based incarceration and only be released for work.

His attorney, Douglas Zeit, had asked for a sentence of periodic imprisonment and probation, noting that a pre-sentencing report listed Salcedo as being a low risk to re-offend.

Zeit argued Tuesday that being away from his family would cause them hardship, noting that the defendant has an 8-month-old child.

Ori had requested prison time, stating that it is important that sentences in such cases serve as a deterrent to others from drinking and driving and/or failing to report a fatal accident.

According to Waukegan police reports after the death, Salcedo allegedly told investigators he drove into a crowd of people that was attacking one of his friends, and then fled because he panicked and was drunk.

Police said DUI charges were not filed because he was arrested at his home 12 hours after the incident, and too much time had passed to utilize breath or blood-alcohol tests.

Zeit has since denied Salcedo was drunk that evening or that he was a member of a gang. He said the men who began fighting with one of Salcedo’s friends inside of the party were gang members.

During the hearing, Ori questioned Waukegan Police Detective Chris Llenza, who interviewed Salcedo. Llenza confirmed that Salcedo admitted to having as many as nine or 10 beers at various locations prior to the early-morning crash.

He also said after striking the victim, Salcedo and a friend took his truck to a location in Grayslake where he left it in a factory parking lot, and was driven home by friends.

During the videotaped interview, Salcedo said he was scared because he saw men with guns outside the party, and saw his friend being beaten by alleged gang members.

“That’s when I panicked,” Salcedo told the detective during the interview. He said he thought he saw an opening in the middle of the ongoing skirmish outside of the party and tried to drive through it to escape the scene and struck the victim who died, as well as another man.

“I wasn’t trying to hit him,” he said.

But Llenza said during the videotaped interview that the speed with with Salcedo accelerated and the direction he was driving gives the impression on video that the collision was not an accident.

“If you were just scared and wanted to get out of there, and you want to go with that, that’s okay,” Llenza told Salcedo during the interview. “But that’s not what the video shows.”

A surveillance camera video of the crash was played in court, and showed Salcedo’s truck accelerate on Genesee Street and the two men being hit. Diaz could be seen lying in the street bleeding heavily after being hit, with the second victim lying behind him but eventually moving.

During cross examination by Zeit, LLenza confirmed that Diaz had leaned over, apparently to pick up a bottle he had already thrown once, when he was hit. Zeit said Diaz therefore was not visible to Salcedo when the crash occurred.

Salcedo took the stand to make a statement prior to being sentenced, and offered his apology to the Diaz family and his family for his actions that night.

“I am taking full responsibility for what happened,” Salcedo said. “I will accept the consequences of my actions.”

Salcedo also asked the judge for mercy in his sentence to allow him to “show who I really am.”

Diaz’s mother, Danieliza Diaz, and sister, Yaitza Diaz, read victim-impact statements in court describing what the loss of Jose Diaz, known as “Jio” to friends and family, had done to their family.

Both remembered him as a man with a quick smile but few words who put family first and was a loyal friend.

“He had the biggest heart. He was a loving, kind man,” Danieliza Diaz said. “He was quiet. He was funny but he was quiet, and when he had something to say, everyone listened, because it was always amazing.”

Sours: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-waukegan-fatal-sentencing-st-0410-story.html
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Jehovah’s Witnesses

History in Guam

The first Jehovah’s Witnesses in Guam arrived from the Philippines in the 1940s. These first Witnesses were contract workers assigned to assist with post-World War II reconstruction. While in Guam, they organized the first Micronesian congregation in 1951, as well as introduced the teachings of the Bible to fellow worker Tony Salcedo. Salcedo, a Filipino and former boxer, helped establish a foundation for future Witnesses on the island. Unlike his colleagues, Salcedo was able to remain on the island even after their construction company folded because he had married a Chamorro. In the mid-1950s, Salcedo was hosting meetings at his home and spending weekends preaching throughout the island.

By 1954, the first missionaries assigned to Guam had arrived. They were Sam and Virginia Wiger, and their congregation had grown to warrant a larger meeting place. The Wigers consequently set up the first Kingdom Hall in a vacated military mess hall. Merle Lowmaster succeeded the Wigers, and he became the first missionary to spread the message of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Saipan, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Belau and Yap.

In 1964, a visit to Guam by the president of the Watch Tower Society, N.H. Knorr, proved critical to the growth of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the region. Knorr assigned six missionaries throughout Micronesia and increased their travels throughout the area. More growth would later follow after a visit from Nathaniel Miller of Hawai`i. Miller toured Guam and Micronesia and made several recommendations, including increasing the number of missionaries in Guam to four and creating a missionary home in the southern part of the island.

In 1969, Guam and Micronesia became part of the Hawai`i branch. Later, the Guam Branch Committee would be established, with Miller named as coordinator. Arthur White took over the coordinator position in 1987, and under his term, the Guam branch expanded to include a total of four Kingdom Halls, and additional office and factory space. Currently, the Guam Branch Committee consists of four members – Arthur White, Salvador Soriano, Roger Konno and Barak Bowman.

Today, the Watch Tower’s Guam Branch office in Barrigada continues to serve as the center for Jehovah’s Witnesses on the island. To keep pace with Guam’s diverse population, missionaries speak several languages including Japanese, Chuukese, Tagalog, Iloko, Korean and Chinese. The Guam branch also serves the greater Micronesia area as the Barrigada facility prints bible study materials in 11 languages for distribution throughout the region.

Beliefs and history

Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians who believe in the Bible as the word of God. Followers take their name from Jehovah, or God and Creator, and they help spread what they refer to as “the good news” of Jehovah’s Kingdom.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the earth will remain forever, and that people –both living and dead – can share in the eternal earthly blessings of God’s Kingdom if they live according to Jehovah’s purpose.

Jehovah’s Witnesses began in the 1870s in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, as a small bible study group. Charles Taze Russell led the group’s growth, and in 1879, the first magazine, Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence was published. In 1881, Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society was formed. The name eventually changed to Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society and began with fifty Witnesses going house to house in an effort to propagate the faith.

The society called themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses beginning in 1931 to distinguish themselves from other Christians. Today, there are more than 90,000 congregations worldwide in more than 230 nations. The administrative authority that oversees Witnesses worldwide is called the Governing Body and is located in the international headquarters of Brooklyn, New York.

Jehovah’s Witnesses share Jesus’s good news by visiting homes several times a year. Witnesses discuss current events, share scripture and arrange for home bible study at no cost. Jehovah’s Witnesses also come together regularly at gathering places called Kingdom Halls to listen to public lectures on and to study the Bible.

Observances

Jehovah’s Witnesses observe the Memorial of Christ’s death each year. This date varies annually according to the Christian calendar. On this occasion, Jehovah’s Witnesses partake of the symbolic bread and wine as commanded by Jesus.

By Vanessa Estella, MA

For further reading

1997 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses. New York: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1997.

Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Jehovah’s Witnesses—Official Website: jw.org.”

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