This Sacramento Bee article has more details on the arrest of Folsom estate planning attorneys Cynthia Flahive, Gregory Flahive and Michael Johnson. They were partners in the Flahive Law Firm. According to the article, Cynthia Flahive and Michael Johnson are listed as attorneys with the Cinder Law Group in Folsom and Gregory Flahive now runs Prestige Law Corp. in Sacramento.
The Flahive Law Firm was very aggressive in advertising for legal services and were very prominent in radio and tv appearances.. They started out doing a lot of high volume low cost estate planning and then added bankruptcy and loan modifications.
From the Bee:
The three arrested were Gregory Flahive of El Dorado Hills, Cynthia Flahive of Folsom and Michael Kent Johnson of Elk Grove, who face up to 22 felony counts, including grand theft by false pretense, conspiracy and false advertising.
According to the state attorney general’s office, the Flahives, who are ex-spouses and owners of Flahive Law Corp., and Johnson, the firm’s former managing director, took upfront fees of up to $2,500 to perform home loan modification services that never happened.
They allegedly targeted homeowners in Placer, Sacramento, Butte and Yuba counties, using fliers, radio and TV infomercials. According to the attorney general’s investigation, they processed hundreds of loan modifications for homeowners, some of whom went into foreclosure after being advised to not pay their mortgages.
It’s the third set of arrests since state Attorney General Kamala Harris launched a mortgage fraud strike team last May.