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September 28, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid allegations of forgery and theft of investor funds, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Wednesday appointed a temporary receiver to manage the troubled affairs of Univest Home Loan Inc., a real estate lender that is under siege by regulators and dozens of investors whose losses may reach well into the millions of dollars. Acting on a request by the state attorney general's office, Judge Robert H. O'Brien appointed Los Angeles attorney David L.
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July 16, 1997 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills man who ripped off friends and fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison, but he remains free for now. Joel Burakoff, 57, who in May admitted in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan, still faces a federal investigation of the scandal. Superior Court Judge Terry A.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid allegations of forgery and theft, a Los Angeles judge Wednesday appointed a temporary receiver to manage the troubled affairs of Univest Home Loan Inc., a real estate lender that is under siege by regulators and investors whose losses may reach well into the millions of dollars. Acting on a request by the state attorney general's office, Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien appointed Los Angeles attorney David L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1997 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills man accused of defrauding friends and fellow Friars Club members in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to four felony counts of grand theft. Joel Burakoff, 57, admitted that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan. He quietly changed his earlier not guilty pleas in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joel Burakoff, who allegedly ripped off fellow Friars Club members in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle, was charged Monday with eight counts of grand theft, authorities said. Burakoff, 56, a former member of the prominent Beverly Hills social club's board of directors, is accused of abusing his position to recruit wealthy victims who put money into Univest Home Loan Inc.
NEWS
September 25, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local authorities are investigating an alleged multimillion-dollar investment swindle whose victims include members of the Friars Club. The probe of Univest Home Loan Inc., a Gardena company that uses funds of private investors to finance real estate loans, was triggered by complaints by some clients that their money was stolen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local authorities are investigating an alleged multimillion-dollar investment swindle whose victims include members of the Friars Club. The probe of Univest Home Loan Inc., a Gardena-based firm that uses funds of private investors to finance real estate loans, was triggered by complaints from some clients that their money was stolen.
NEWS
November 20, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joel Burakoff knew the Malibu beach house would be empty after the weekend. So on a Monday morning in late August, he climbed the low perimeter wall and let himself in. Burakoff was no ordinary intruder, but a distraught businessman. As chairman and treasurer of Univest Home Loan Inc., a troubled mortgage-lending and investment firm, he was facing the fury of a legal firestorm.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1997 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joel Burakoff, who allegedly defrauded friends and fellow Friars Club members in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme, is considering a plea agreement with local and federal prosecutors to resolve all criminal charges against him, Burakoff's lawyer has confirmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1997 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills man accused of defrauding friends and fellow Friars Club members in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to four felony counts of grand theft. Joel Burakoff, 57, admitted that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan. He quietly changed his earlier not guilty pleas in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1997 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joel Burakoff, who allegedly defrauded friends and fellow Friars Club members in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme, is considering a plea agreement with local and federal prosecutors to resolve all criminal charges against him, Burakoff's lawyer has confirmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996
Joel Burakoff, who allegedly defrauded fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle, was charged Monday with eight counts of grand theft, culminating a yearlong investigation, authorities said. Burakoff, 56, a former member of the prominent Beverly Hills social club's board of directors, is accused of abusing his position to recruit wealthy victims who put money into Univest Home Loan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joel Burakoff, who allegedly ripped off fellow Friars Club members in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle, was charged Monday with eight counts of grand theft, authorities said. Burakoff, 56, a former member of the prominent Beverly Hills social club's board of directors, is accused of abusing his position to recruit wealthy victims who put money into Univest Home Loan Inc.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1996 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kevin S. Merritt, a defendant in a high-profile Los Angeles real estate fraud case, has dropped from sight, and authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest on $1-million bail after he failed to show up at a pretrial hearing. Separately, a task force of U.S. and local arson investigators is seeking to question Merritt about a string of arson fires in rundown buildings owned by a business firm that Merritt worked for, law enforcement officials have told The Times.
NEWS
November 20, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joel Burakoff knew the Malibu beach house would be empty after the weekend. So on a Monday morning in late August, he climbed the low perimeter wall and let himself in. Burakoff was no ordinary intruder, but a distraught businessman. As chairman and treasurer of Univest Home Loan Inc., a troubled mortgage-lending and investment firm, he was facing the fury of a legal firestorm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid allegations of forgery and theft of investor funds, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Wednesday appointed a temporary receiver to manage the troubled affairs of Univest Home Loan Inc., a real estate lender that is under siege by regulators and dozens of investors whose losses may reach well into the millions of dollars. Acting on a request by the state attorney general's office, Judge Robert H. O'Brien appointed Los Angeles attorney David L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996
Joel Burakoff, who allegedly defrauded fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle, was charged Monday with eight counts of grand theft, culminating a yearlong investigation, authorities said. Burakoff, 56, a former member of the prominent Beverly Hills social club's board of directors, is accused of abusing his position to recruit wealthy victims who put money into Univest Home Loan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills man who ripped off friends and fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison, but he remains free for now. Joel Burakoff, 57, who in May admitted in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan, still faces a federal investigation of the scandal. Superior Court Judge Terry A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid allegations of forgery and theft, a Los Angeles judge Wednesday appointed a temporary receiver to manage the troubled affairs of Univest Home Loan Inc., a real estate lender that is under siege by regulators and investors whose losses may reach well into the millions of dollars. Acting on a request by the state attorney general's office, Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien appointed Los Angeles attorney David L.
NEWS
September 25, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local authorities are investigating an alleged multimillion-dollar investment swindle whose victims include members of the Friars Club. The probe of Univest Home Loan Inc., a Gardena company that uses funds of private investors to finance real estate loans, was triggered by complaints by some clients that their money was stolen.
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