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Fraud suspect sold vacant land he didn't own

July 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office announced a $2.1 million arrest warrant for an accused land-fraud suspect Wednesday.

Salvador Anzo, 44, is accused of conspiring to sell land he did not own in the Hesperia area between November 2007 and January 2009, along with five other suspects.

The other suspects have been variously arrested and detained, including Anzo's son Salvador Anzo Jr., 22. Three of the suspects have pleaded guilty in plea agreements.

Anzo Sr. is accused of advertising land sales in "Pennysaver" newspapers. Altogether, the suspects are thought to have sold 22 pieces of property with a total loss to victims of approximately $980,000, according to the district attorney's office.

Actual owners of the land fraudulently sold learned of the transactions when property tax payments were returned to them, according to the district attorney's office.

"A lot of these victims who were taken advantage of were elders," said Senior Investigator Tina Greco of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office. "I just hope that we are able to find him and take him into custody and then locate some of the stolen funds."

Investigators are seeking the public's assistance in finding Salvador Anzo Sr. If anyone has information of his whereabouts they are asked to contact Greco at (909) 891-3348.

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