Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: What is the status of Vera Kuzmenko, who was indicted in a mortgage fraud case?
Submitted by: Edward, Sacramento
ANSWER: Vera Kuzmenko, a tax preparer, is one of more than 80 people who have been indicted in 30 cases of alleged mortgage fraud filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento and involving members of the area's Slavic community, according to stories in The Bee.
A federal grand jury indicted Kuzmenko in May 2011, alleging that she recruited dozens of straw buyers and helped them fill out bogus loan applications.
She has denied personally handling any of the loans and property sales, and has blamed the problems on the lender.
According to federal court documents available online, Kuzmenko's trial is scheduled to begin on April 7, 2014. She has been on pre-trial release and subject to electronic monitoring since August 2011. Conditions of her release include a curfew, travel restrictions and a requirement that she not be employed in the mortgage or real estate business.
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