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April 24, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Available: seven apartment houses containing more than 1,600 units ripe for quick conversion to condominiums. Terms: reasonable. No down payment necessary. Will provide cash to cover all closing costs, plus first year's mortgage payments. It may sound too good to be true, but that's the deal that jilted creditors claim that Robert Buceta cut for himself in financing the purchase of residential real estate worth tens of millions of dollars from Southern California to Florida.
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April 24, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Available: seven apartment houses containing more than 1,600 units ripe for quick conversion to condominiums. Terms: reasonable. No down payment necessary. Will provide cash to cover all closing costs, plus first year's mortgage payments. It may sound too good to be true, but that's the deal that jilted creditors claim that Robert Buceta cut for himself in financing the purchase of residential real estate worth tens of millions of dollars from Southern California to Florida.
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August 31, 1989 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
A Newport Beach couple pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that they used false financial statements to fraudulently obtain at least $13 million in loans from a California thrift to acquire apartment buildings. The couple, Robert A. Buceta and his wife, Patricia L. Thibault Buceta, entered the pleas before U.S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. in Los Angeles.
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March 9, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
A Newport Beach couple were sentenced to federal prison today for using false financial statements to obtain at least $13 million in loans from a California thrift, actions the prosecutor said were just the sort that have endangered the nation's savings and loan industry. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. in Los Angeles sentenced Robert A. Buceta to five years in prison and imposed an 18-month term on his wife, Patricia L. Thibault.
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April 22, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
A Newport Beach man accused of pulling off one of the biggest swindles in Southern California history will be represented by noted Los Angeles defense lawyer Howard L. Weitzman. Last month, Robert A. Buceta, 39, suggested that he might need publicly appointed counsel to defend him against indictments in a mail and wire fraud case. If convicted, Buceta could face up to 142 years in prison. Weitzman appeared for Buceta in federal court Thursday.
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September 12, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
These bad guys don't use guns--they use telephones. They're more concerned about banking hours in Switzerland than at the neighborhood savings and loan. Greed, they find, is an emotion more profitably exploited than fear. They make all the thieves who have made Orange County the bank robbery capital of the country look like puny, pathetic underachievers by comparison.
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March 29, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
A Newport Beach couple alleged to have engaged in one of the biggest swindles in Southern California history pleaded not guilty Monday to mail and wire fraud charges. Robert A. Buceta and his wife, Patricia L. Thibault, entered the pleas before U.S. Magistrate John R. Kronenberg. They are charged with masterminding a complex fraud scheme by which they qualified for more than $70 million in loans while allegedly putting up no collateral.
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April 2, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators have traced $1 million in loan proceeds allegedly obtained through fraud by Newport Beach developer Robert Buceta to three banks in Canada. The disclosure came Friday during a court hearing in which Buceta won approval of his request to be allowed to travel within the United States to prepare for his defense of several civil lawsuits nearing trial.
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March 10, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Newport Beach couple who fraudulently obtained $13 million in loans from a California thrift was sentenced to prison Friday for a swindle that the prosecutor said illustrates the roots of the nation's savings and loan trouble. Robert A. Buceta, 41, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, and his wife, Patricia L. Thibault, 43, received an 18-month term. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2000
These companies and/or individuals recently filed for liquidation (Chapter 7) or reorganization (Chapter 11 or 13) in federal Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana. Petitioners: Mitchell Allen Gomes and Juanita Vivian Gomes Location: Orange Listed business affiliation: d.b.a. Mitch's Mobile Fleet Service Type of business: Mobile diesel truck repair Filing: Chapter 7 Assets: $17,946 Liabilities: $169,961 Case number: 16728 RA Petition signed by: Mitchell Allen and Juanita Vivian Gomes Date filed: Aug.
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March 24, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Claiming to have broken one of Southern California's largest frauds, U.S. Atty. Robert C. Bonner announced the indictment Wednesday of a Newport Beach couple who allegedly used fake documents to obtain fraudulent real estate loans totaling $70 million. The federal grand jury indictment, Bonner said in Los Angeles, charges Robert A. Buceta and his wife, Patricia L. Thibault, both of Newport Beach, with 32 counts of mail and wire fraud and conspiracy.
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