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Santa Rosa man sentenced in mortgage fraud case

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A Santa Rosa man who defrauded struggling homeowners by promising to eliminate their mortgages was sentenced Friday to a year in county jail.

Ronald Cupp, 59, was convicted in June of 15 felonies including forgery and falsifying documents at his Rohnert Park business, North Bay Trust Services.

He drew customers from a banner outside the Commerce Boulevard storefront that read, “Mortgage problems? WeKillYourMortgage.com.”

Prosecutor Amy Ariyoshi said Cupp made money off fees he charged people to get rid of their debt. But he never delivered, instead leaving many people across the North Bay in danger of losing their homes, she said.

Judge Rene Chouteau handed down his punishment, which included five years’ probation. Prosecutors had asked for a four-year prison sentence.

Cupp faces pending fraud allegations in Marin County, Ariyoshi said.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @ppayne.

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