Two People Arrested for Alleged Mortgage Scam

LAS VEGAS - Two men accused of scamming homeowners out of thousands of dollars are under arrest. Now, a co-worker who says she helped bring down the fraudulent scheme also says she had no idea she was helping rip people off.

The woman, who asked to be called "Stephanie", says she helped investigators arrest the two men accused of running Great Western Business Services. Authorities arrested 49-year-old Joseph Yorkus and 48-year-old James Bartczak for allegedly running the scam.

"I feel the worst for these people that got scammed, and I feel bad that I was a part of it, even though I didn't know about it. I feel bad, because I was the one who actually did it," Stephanie said. "I feel really bad for the homeowners, because now the ones who did have their checks cashed, they're late on their mortgages."

"I honestly have nothing to do with any kind of scam, except that I fell for their B.S.," she said.

Great Western Business Services is accused of crafting transfer-of-service letters and sending them to an unknown number of valley residents. The letter instructed homeowners to stop making mortgage payments to Bank of America and start sending payments to Great Western.

Stephanie admits to unknowingly doing all the fraudulent leg work for Great Western Business Services. She claims Yorkus and Bartczak hired her several weeks ago as a property manager. 

"To me, it sounded like a flexible job. He said it was going to be $300 a week and then a bonus at the end of the month," she said.

She says she had no idea they'd try to use her as a scapegoat for their illegal activity. Stephanie claims she was instructed to start an office lease in her name and open a bank account, where she later deposited checks totaling nearly $19,000. She later learned the money she was depositing was stolen.

"I've never done anything wrong. I'm not a criminal. I've never done anything wrong. I'm just some girl that fell for something easy. It's just like, oh, this sounds like a dream job," she said.

Stephanie says she grew suspicious when she showed up at a post office box Wednesday and postal investigators placed a block on the mail.

Visit the Nevada Fight Fraud Task Force Website to Learn More About Potential Scams


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