Milwaukee Resident Robert Garcia Bound Over for Trial and Arraigned on Four Counts of Fraudulent Writings in Mortgage Rescue Scam

Sep 11 2014
Milwaukee Resident Robert Garcia Bound Over for Trial and Arraigned on Four Counts of Fraudulent Writings in Mortgage Rescue Scam

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on September 11, 2014, Milwaukee resident Robert Garcia appeared in the Wisconsin State Circuit Court in Milwaukee County before Commissioner Katharine Kucharski, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing, at which time the Court found probable cause that he committed felonies.  The State then filed a criminal information charging Garcia with four counts of fraudulent writings, as set out in the criminal complaint, and Garcia was arraigned.  Upon conviction, each count carries a possible fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed six years, or both.

 

According to the criminal complaint, while working at Freedom Financial Group between December 2009 and August 2010, Garcia allegedly obtained the signed personal checks of various financially vulnerable consumers by intentionally deceiving them with assurances that he would obtain advantageous mortgage loan modifications.  Despite these assurances, he did not obtain a mortgage refinancing for any of the victims.

 

A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

The matter has been set for a scheduling conference on October 2, 2014, before the Honorable Judge Timothy M. Witkowiak - Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 22. 

 

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Consumer Protection Unit.  Chapter 950 victim services are being provided by DOJ’s Office of Crime Victim Services.  Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort represents the State of Wisconsin as special prosecutor for the County of Milwaukee.

 

A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.