November 19, 2013
The FBI needs your help tracking down a woman wanted for cheating her victims out of tens of millions of dollars.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI needs your help tracking down Rosita Vilchez—a woman wanted for cheating her victims out of tens of millions of dollars. I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is Wanted by the FBI. Rosita Vilchez, who owned the residential real estate agency Vilchez and Associates in Manassas, Virginia, submitted false loan documents to financial institutions. Case Agent Spencer Brooks…
Spencer Brooks: Vilchez and Associates was kind of a one stop shop of fraudulent real estate services.
Halpern: Vilchez, a native of Peru, primarily preyed on her own people—the Hispanic community.
Brooks: Many victims were presented with loan documents that they couldn’t understand. Most of the victims didn’t speak English, and some of them actually didn’t read or write Spanish.
Halpern: While her clients lost their homes to foreclosure…
Brooks: Ultimately they ended up on the street after they couldn’t afford the mortgages.
Halpern: …Vilchez lived lavishly…
Brooks: She bought two Maseratis.
Halpern: Investigators say Vilchez moved her family back to Peru but has continued to provide real estate services in Virginia. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $6,000, or up to 15,000 Peruvian soles, for information leading directly to her whereabouts and arrest.
Brooks: Rosita Vilchez caused a lot of damage in the real estate community in Northern Virginia, and we need her back—and we need your help to do it, so please call us.
Halpern: Report tips to your local FBI field office or American Embassy or Consulate.
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