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* Juan Carlos Alcala Windsor man who is plumber who stole $450,000 from widow sentenced to seven years

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A Windsor man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for elder fraud, defrauding real estate investors and money laundering, for which he was also ordered to pay $910,521 in restitution. Juan Carlos Alcala, 32, used forged documentation to secure mortgage funding from several investors for a piece of undeveloped Healdsburg land, Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said.The property eventually went into foreclosure, after which Alcala tried to sell the land no longer owned by him to a Sonoma County sheriff’s detective working undercover. Simultaneously, Alcala was found to have stolen $450,000 from a widowed Sebastopol woman in her late 80s, Passalacqua said, for investment in a home improvement project that never occurred.Alcala had met the woman when she hired him as a plumber.He convinced the woman to give him $200,000 in cash and $250,000 in mortgages on her home over a two-year period. He then laundered the money through his own bank accounts.

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