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Monday, October 27, 2014

Laguna Beach Businessman Indicted for White Collar Crime
Crime is not isolated to those with a low socioeconomic status or that lack a formal education.  The wealthy and business savvy are often involved in criminal activity.  Anyone has the potential to commit a crime, but when the stakes are high, the temptation can be too much for some to resist, as evidenced by a recent California case. 

Recently, an Orange County, California businessman has been charged with a serious financial crime.  Wealthy 49 year old Brady Bunte of Laguna Beach owns a tequila company and a chip company in Mexico and owned a mortgage company in the United States.  Trust One Mortgage, owned by Bunte, was based in Irvine, California, and in 1998 was reported to employ almost 150 people and was allowed to provide services in 29 states.  The company, although now reportedly out of business, is at the center of Bunte’s criminal charges.  Bunte is accused of making 43 fraudulent requests for funding through his California mortgage company. Many of the requests were approved and Bunte allegedly collected $17.9 million in funding from National City and PNC during the years of 2007 and 2008.  He apparently paid back approximately $5 million to these companies but is still on the hook for $12 million.  

In September, Bunte was indicted on one count of fraudulent request for funding   encompassing the 43 instances.  He was arraigned in a U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California earlier this month.  For the crimes, Bunte could potentially serve 30 years in prison and have to pay a $1 million dollar fine.

These allegations might come as a shock to some as Bunte and his wife were regarded as high society citizens, appearing in magazines and attending charity events.  It is important to remember that anyone can commit a crime and that this includes the most affluent among us.

If you have been implicated in a white collar crime, you should retain a seasoned criminal defense attorney to handle your case. Contact Orange County, California attorney Mark Raymond McDonald at (888)-686-7874 for a consultation today.


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