Christopher Diener of Orange County had already been suspended by the California State bar last year:
"In addition, CHRISTOPHER L. DIENER [#187890] of Irvine, principal attorney for Home Relief Services LLC, was placed on inactive status Oct. 9. Attorney General Jerry Brown sued Diener last summer and accused him of telling homeowners he and his company would act as sole agent and negotiators and directed the homeowners to stop contacting their lender. None of the known victims received a loan modification with the company’s assistance."
That was juicy enough but apparently, the Orange County D.A. was on top of things because then last month I read in the Orange County Register:
"County prosecutors arrested today two Ladera Ranch men – and issued a warrant for a third – accusing them of defrauding more than 400 homeowners in an alleged $1.25 million loan modification scam.Christopher Lee Diener, 42, Terrence Green Sr. 43, and Stefano Joseph Marrero, 40, are each charged with a felony count of conspiracy and 97 felony grand theft counts, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Diener and Green were taken into custody this morning, and are each being held on $1.5 million bail. They will be arraigned Tuesday. A $1.5 million warrant has been issued for Marrero.
The business partners are accused of getting upfront fees from homeowners, and falsely promising they can get them loans with cheaper payments in less than 90 days and offering a 100 percent money-back guarantee, prosecutors said.
Their businesses were run under the names of Home Relief Services LLC; U.S. Loan Mod Processing, HRS Communications, The Diener Law Firm and Diener Law Group, prosecutors said."
Well, according to the Daily Journal, his bail has been lowered now to $650k, and will stay in custody longer in part due to traffic tickets! Seriously...this man is charged with defrauding homeowners of more than $1M, and the thing keeping him in jail is get this--too many traffic tickets. It's like that expression, "you're more likely to be bitten by a mosquito than a rattlesnake."