Downey Man, 41, Accused of Fraud, in Custody in L.A. Following Arrest in NY

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A 41-year-old Downey man was being held without bail this morning, accused of fraudulently transferring ownership of a real estate property to his company, then fleeing the state after being charged with nine felonies.

Jaime Gomez Jr., 41, was taken into custody March 2 by U.S. Marshall's in New York and extradited back to Los Angeles March 18, where he was booked into custody, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

It was alleged that between May 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020, Gomez transferred ownership of a real estate property in Compton to his company, Trinity Logistics LLC, by recording a deed bearing forged signatures of the property's true owners, the department said.

After obtaining the property by fraud, Gomez allegedly made several attempts to take out loans against the property or sell the property, said the department.

It was also alleged Gomez obtained the bank information of a blind 74-year-old man who lived at the property and illegally used the information to pay for his cell phone bill and health club membership, the department said.

The department said the alleged crimes occurred while Gomez was on formal probation for a 2018 conviction for felony auto theft

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Gomez in June 2020 with nine felonies including grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and recording fraudulent documents. Gomez fled after the chargers were filed.

Investigators believe there may be other victims of Gomez and are asking anyone with questions or information to contact the department's Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau Detective C. Derry or Sgt. J. Luna at 562-946-7217.

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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