Attorney general announces arrest of fugitives for mortgage fraud
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced the arrest of William Chrissikopoulos, 43, of Las Vegas, and Lynda Finch-Estrada, 54, of Las Vegas on a warrant for various felony theft and fraud charges involving alleged operation of a mortgage lending fraud in Las Vegas.
Chrissikopoulos and Finch-Estrada made their first appearance in a Nevada courtroom on Tuesday and are scheduled for calendar call on Oct. 29.
Finch-Estrada, also known as Lynda Heath, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Office on Aug. 26 at an apartment building in Las Vegas and was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
Found in a flea market, Chrissikopoulos was taken into custody by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office in Henderson, Texas on July 28 and was extradited to Las Vegas and booked into CCDC on Aug. 28.
Both were apprehended as a result of anonymous tips and picked up on arrest warrants issued by the Nevada AG's Office on April 22, 2013.
The defendants are each charged with the following:
- Four counts of theft by material misrepresentation in the amount of $3,500 or more
- Two counts of theft by material misrepresentation in the amount of $3,500 or more from a person 60 years of age or older
- One count of theft by material misrepresentation in the amount of $650 or more
- Four counts of mortgage lending fraud
- One count of pattern of mortgage lending fraud
- One count of multiple transaction involving fraud and deceit in the course of enterprise or occupation
- Two counts of preventing or dissuading victim, person acting on behalf of a victim or witness from reporting a crime, commence prosecution or causing arrest
On July 17, co-defendant Alan J. Dornhuber, 64, of Las Vegas was arrested in Iowa by two Fort Dodge Police Department patrol officers after a suspicious incident in which he and another suspect attempted to conduct unannounced repairs on the roof a resident’s home.
Defendants Chrissikopoulos, Dornhuber and Finch-Estrada operated USFP and promised clients that if a "forensic audit" of their mortgage uncovered one or more "Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act" violations, clients would be entitled to a legal remedy resulting in the elimination of their mortgage obligation, among other mortgage scams.
The defendants typically charged $6,295-$12,990 up front for one or multiple programs but failed to deliver the promised service.