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MORTGAGE FRAUD TASK FORCE MAKES ARREST FOR THEFT OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AND USE OF FALSE IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS TO OBTAIN HOME LOAN AND EMPLOYMENT

July 13, 2010

Elena L. Ramirez and Diane Diaz-Ramirez face multiple counts of theft, conspiracy, identity theft and forgery.

Attorney General John Kroger today announced the indictment of two women in Tillamook County on charges of using stolen Social Security cards and false immigration documents to obtain a home loan and employment.

"Combating mortgage fraud is crucial to bringing stability back to the housing market and helping the economy recover," said Attorney General Kroger.

Elena L. Ramirez (DOB: 7/4/1971) and Diana Diaz-Ramirez (DOB: 1/23/1982) of 2302 9th St. in Tillamook, each face 1 count of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, 3 counts of Conspiracy, 1 count of Aggravated Theft – Theft by Receiving, 1 count of Aggravated Identity Theft, 1 count of Forgery in the First Degree, 8 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft and 7 counts of Identity Theft.

Elena L. Ramirez was arrested Tuesday. A warrant for the arrest of Diana Diaz-Ramirez was issued.

A criminal indictment is merely an allegation. Every criminal defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating the case with the Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General, the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department and the Tillamook Police Department. The Tillamook County District Attorney's Office also is assisting with the case.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Groux of the Department of Justice Mortgage Fraud Task Force is prosecuting the case for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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