A West Hollywood man was sentenced Monday to more than 12 years in federal prison for orchestrating a real estate fraud scheme that victimized more than 2,000 homeowners, involved fraudulent filings that affected the title to properties across the country and caused more than $7 million in losses.
Patrick Joseph Soria, 35, was sentenced to the 152-month term by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, who called the defendant “a skillful con man who created a very sophisticated scheme.”
Fischer also stated that the case was not the largest she has presided over in terms of dollars, “but it is the most brazen and heartless.”
A restitution hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.
Soria pleaded guilty on March 2 in Los Angeles to one federal count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and contempt of court.
From January 2015 to June 2018, Soria stole money from homeowners and would-be home buyers through a two-pronged scheme. First, he…