A former Pasadena solicitor pleaded guilty to one felony offense of wire fraud to give false representation to his clients that he had received favorable legal resolutions, and then to maintain the scheme by delivering fraudulent documents of clients, some with forged signatures of judges, and disguised phone calls.
Shant Ohanian, 36, of Pasadena, was pleaded on Thursday before the US District Judge, John A. Kronstadt, who held the 12 September sentence hearing. Ohanian has a maximum statutory 20-year sentence in the federal prison.
According to his plea agreement, Ohanian had been California's licensed lawyer since January 2012 until its dissolution in December 2017. Starting in May 2012, Ohanian and his colleague were engaged in a scheme to protect Ohanian fraud by claiming favorable legal resolutions for him In fact, when the favorable resolutions were not received, and, in many cases, Ohanian did not initiate legal action, court papers.
In some cases, Ohanian's deception caused clients to lose their opportunities completely to obtain significant financial or legal remedies as a result of abuses suffered, according to court documents.
Ohanian admitted in his plea that multiple victims had been fraudulent, including one victim who had hired Ohanian in July 2013 to help recover a $ 500,000 deposit relating to a commercial estate failure d & # 39. Ontario shopping center. In the course of this litigation, Ohanian falsely informed the victim that the victim had prevailed in the case and that he would receive $ 1.2 million damages plus penalties, the plea agreement states.
In February 2016, Ohanian sent a counterfeit check to the victim for $ 1,925,477, which was rejected by a bank, court papers. Ohanian denied that the check was counterfeit and in March 2016 he awarded the victim a check for $ 7,244,211, which was also rejected as counterfeiting. Ohanian also falsely informed the victim that he was representing the victim in a parallel bankruptcy event involving the Ontario shopping center, and provided the victim's bankruptcy court pleadings, including signed orders. forged judge of US bankruptcy in them, according to court documents.
Ohanian also acknowledged that he would make multiple notification of telephone calls to the victim and claimed that he was bank officials or government officials. Ohanian falsely informed the victim that he would get the Ontario shopping center at a discounted price instead of a cash settlement, and that the victim would have to make payments for overdue taxes and mortgage payments to acquire the property. , and “Unpaid court fees” with Apartments although such fees have not been paid, court documents are quoted. Between March 2016 and September 2017, the victim paid $ 2,839,875 based on Ohanian's false representations that the money would be used to find the shopping center, according to court documents.
Ohanian admitted that other clients, including a woman who suffered serious injuries in a fall at the South Coast Plaza mall in Orange County, had been victimized and had passed the statute of expired limits before understanding She made Ohanian fraud against her. Ohanian admitted that he was launching a phony settlement agreement from the mall and, having been threatened with reporting it to the State Bar of California, checked for $ 25,000 that had been canceled. It also falsely indicated to clients seeking immigration relief that it had acquired important legal resolutions relating to their ability to live and work in the United States.
Ohanian victims suffered actual losses of more than $ 4 million.
Ohanian wife, Silva Sevlian Ohanian, was charged with any one of wire fraud in a related case. She pleaded not guilty to the charge and is currently scheduled to go to trial on 16 July.
The case was investigated by the Office of the Professional Enforcement of Immigration and Customs of State and State Bar.
This matter is being prosecuted by Aron Ketchel from the Department of Public Corruption and Civil Rights.
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