A man convicted in a Denver real estate scam was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday.
Alfonso Carrillo, 52, was convicted of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act along with multiple counts of theft, criminal trespass, burglary, forgery and attempting to influence a public servant, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office.
In addition to the prison term, Carrillo was ordered to pay $201,955 in restitution to victims.
Carrillo found homeowners facing foreclosure and convinced them to relinquish their property for a nominal fee, misrepresenting it as a way to avoid foreclosure, Kimbrough said. He would then "sell" the properties to others using phony documents.
Carrillo also illegally gained access to empty homes and then took thousands of dollars in payments from unsuspecting "buyers" who did not know the homes weren't his to sell, Kimbrough said.
The swindled "buyers" were later forced to vacate the properties once the mortgage lenders or actual property owners discovered people living there unlawfully.