Wednesday, August 17, 2016

US Lutherans and Catholics Brothers Again

US Lutherans approve document recognizing agreement with Catholic Church

(RNS) Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration recognizing “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church.
The “Declaration on the Way” was approved 931-9 by the 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly held last week at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bryan D’Antonio, Brea, CA, guilty of operating law firms to defraud homeowners

 D’Antonio admitted that the RLG and ALG schemes fraudulently obtained approximately $9 million from more than 1,500 victims.D’Antonio’s co-defendants, Charles Wayne Farris and Ronald Rodis, both previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday that Bryan D’Antonio, 50, of Brea, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, for his role as the owner and operator of a multi-million dollar fraudulent mortgage modification scheme that posed as a successful law firm to defraud struggling homeowners. 

D'Antonio pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter for the Central District of California to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for his role as owner and operator of Rodis Law Group (RLG) and America’s Law Group (ALG).  His sentencing is on Jan. 30, 2017.

D’Antonio was previously convicted of mail and wire fraud and sentenced to four years in federal prison for his participation in a medical billing scheme.  He was also subject to a permanent injunction prohibiting him from having any involvement with any business that engaged in telemarketing or misrepresented the services it would provide.  
As part of his plea hearing yesterday, D’Antonio admitted that he started RLG while he was still on supervised release from his prior conviction.  In violation of D’Antonio’s permanent injunction, RLG and ALG sold their services through an extensive telemarketing operation and employees routinely misrepresented the services RLG and ALG would provide. 
D’Antonio admitted that, between October 2008 and June 2009, he participated in a scheme with Ronald Rodis, Charles Wayne Farris and others to induce homeowners to pay between $3,500 and $5,500 for the services of RLG and its successor entity, ALG.  RLG and ALG advertised on radio stations nationwide, urging struggling homeowners to call a toll-free number and stated that the companies consisted of “a team of experienced attorneys” who were “highly skilled in negotiating lower interest rates and even lowering your principal balance.”  In fact, RLG and ALG were telemarketing operations that never had teams of experienced attorneys.  During much of the scheme, Ronald Rodis was the only attorney at RLG.
RLG and ALG telemarketers working for D’Antonio made numerous misrepresentations regarding the companies’ ability to negotiate loan modifications from the homeowners’ mortgage lenders.  For example, the telemarketers stated that RLG and ALG had been in business for 11 years when in fact the company had only opened in October 2008.  They falsely stated that RLG and ALG routinely obtained positive results for homeowners, including lower monthly payments, reductions in principal balance and lower interest rates.  In fact, positive results were rarely achieved for any RLG or ALG clients.  Telemarketers also falsely reiterated that homeowners would have a team of attorneys and real estate professionals assigned to their case.  The telemarketers did not disclose to homeowners that RLG and ALG were owned and operated by Bryan D’Antonio, a convicted felon who was prohibited from engaging in telemarketing           
In a plea agreement filed in federal court, D’Antonio admitted that the RLG and ALG schemes fraudulently obtained approximately $9 million from more than 1,500 victims.
D’Antonio’s co-defendants, Charles Wayne Farris and Ronald Rodis, both previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
This case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney John W. Burke of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. McNally of the Central District of California.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ryan James Adrig, Laguna Beach arrested for burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - according to the Irvine Police Department (IPD,) earlier today, at approximately 1:00 AM, the owner of an Irvine business received a phone call from his alarm company notifying him of an burglary alarm activation at his business. The owner was able to instantly pull up his live video surveillance on his home computer to view the interior of his business. A male subject, now identified as Ryan Janes Adrig, was seen walking around inside the business. The owner immediately contacted IPD and provided the physical description of Adrig to IPD dispatchers. 

 As Irvine officers were responding to the business, they located Ryan James Adrig, 23, of Laguna Beach, walking along Sand Canyon Avenue. Upon approaching Adrig, he quickly ran away from the officers jumping over several fences and walls. A short foot pursuit ensued before Adrig was located and arrested for commercial burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest.

Officers returned to the business and found a window smash to the front and no other suspects were inside. Investigation is ongoing.