Grand Jury Indicts Real Estate Broker in Orange County Bribery Scam

Why would Shirene Hernandez, a Fannie Mae real estate foreclosure specialist based In Irvine, reject separate valid offers of $390,000 and $333,000 for a foreclosed residential property in Sonoma but accept a below-market price of $329,000?

A Southern California federal grand jury believes Hernandez, a Corona resident, repeatedly took bribes from real estate broker Peter Michno to scam Fannie Mae operations.

The two-count indictment notes that Michno worked as a Fannie Mae-approved broker but wasn’t authorized to buy properties for himself, relatives or associates.

It also states the obvious: the broker wasn’t allowed to pay secret kickbacks to obtain listing opportunities or win below-market price bids.

Federal prosecutors inside the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Major Frauds Section in Los Angeles say the crimes—specifically, “conspiracy to commit wire fraud involving deprivation of honest services”—were committed between April 2011 and July 2013.

Michno, who was born in 1975, secretly negotiated the illegal deals in Oakland, Hayward, Livermore, Dublin and Sonoma.

If DOJ is right, he visited Irvine to negotiate the bribery amounts per transaction.

Officials announced Hernandez’s arraignment in January after accusing her of accepting more than $1 million in bribes, some of which were allegedly funneled by Michno.

He will declare his answer to the charges at a future hearing inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

Fannie Mae (or the Federal National Mortgage Association) is a federal government-sponsored business that reported $110 billion in 2017 revenues and more than $3.35 trillion in assets.

2 Replies to “Grand Jury Indicts Real Estate Broker in Orange County Bribery Scam”

  1. Read the plight of many others who have had their entire lives taken by the identity theft, SS# theft, Estate Theft, Title Theft at the hands of a sophisticated real estate fraud scheme in where they use our identities to evade taxes and steal everything we own. The Orange County District Attorneys office has been handed all the verified proof in first hand evidence. A criminal case was opened in February 2021 by the OCDA investigator John Minn and is still open. Victims are seeking a victims meeting and remedy to return their stolen tangible and intangible properties, and send the criminals who stole everything they own to prison for the rest of their lives. Over 20 victims came forward and they represent millions across America. They caused a Petition of Remonstrance to be filed into the US Congress and 37 state Congress. Historical document and historical taking of lands to return!

    The land records are a crime scene!

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