General Crime

* San Jose Couple Amir Rashidifar, 25, And Mary Delvecchio, 28 Arrested In Canada For Fraudulent Loan Modification,Legal Support Services

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Canadian authorities have arrested a San Jose couple suspected of operating a fraudulent loan modification company that took money from victims and provided no services in return, San Jose police said today.Amir Rashidifar, 25, and Mary Delvecchio, 28, were arrested July 10 at their home in Toronto, police said. The couple apparently fled San Jose in February after learning that police were investigating them for fraud. They are currently in custody in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings, police said.They will return to San Jose to face criminal charges.San Jose police began investigating Rashidifar and Delvecchio in January, when employees and clients of their company, Legal Support Services, reported suspicions that the company was a sham, police said.The company charged $3,000 to $4,000 to modify home loans for homeowners facing default and foreclosure. They told clients they were working in tandem with experienced real estate attorneys, police spokesman Officer Jose Garcia said.”They would take people’s money and say ‘Yeah we’re going to work on this loan,’ then they wouldn’t do anything,” he said.So far, police have located 129 alleged victims who claim to have paid money to Legal Support Services, but investigators believe the suspects may have defrauded many more.Rashidifar and Delvecchio arrived in Canada on May 16, police said. San Jose authorities worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Border Services to track down the pair, who had allegedly set up a similar business in Toronto, Garcia said.

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