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Calif. Real Estate Agent Charged With Posing as FBI Agent

Karen Hanover

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Seal Beach, Calif. woman is in big trouble for allegedly posing as an FBI agent.

The Associated Press reports that Karen Elaine Hanover, who allegedly posed as an agent, had a real estate service that charged clients $30,000 to provide commercial property information.

AP reported that some disenchanted clients unhappy with the service blogged about Hanover’s operation and encouraged people to report her activity to the FBI.

AP said the FBI claims Hanover threatened  clients by phone and posed as an FBI agent. In at least one instance, AP reported, she  used “spoofing technology” to make her voice sound like a man.

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Disastrous Real Estate Market Even Hurting Feds Efforts to Sell Seized Properties In Criminal Cases

There’s not much that the disastrous real estate market hasn’t impacted. Now we see it’s even hurting the feds ability to sell seized properties.

By Ed White
Associated Press
DETROIT – Federal prosecutors twice pursued a former autoworker suspected of running a multimillion-dollar drug operation. The first attempt fizzled when Clarence Carson died shortly after an indictment. The second? Blame it on the collapse of Detroit’s real-estate market.
The government recently abandoned a plan to sell nearly three dozen properties – land, houses and strip malls – believed to have been acquired by Carson through heroin, marijuana and cocaine sales.
“The market tanked,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ziedas said. “If we were able to effectively market these and come up with some kind of return, we would have done it.”
Like any seller, the U.S. Marshals Service, which is in charge of getting rid of assets grabbed by the Justice Department, is finding that location is the key to real estate these days.
“We are dealing with markets that have either declined slightly or tanked in different regions,” said Dave Turner, a Marshals Service spokesman in Washington.

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