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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 25, 2019

San Diego Finance Executive and Real Estate Broker Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Almost $50 Million

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily W. Allen (619) 546-9738 and Andrew P. Young (619) 546-7981

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – April 25, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Financial executive Peter Cash Doye was sentenced in federal court today to 15 years in prison for his role as the “driving force” in a massive real estate loan scheme in which he and his co-conspirators stole nearly $50 million dollars from San Diego residents and lenders.

His co-defendant, Raquel Reid, a notary public and real estate broker, was previously sentenced to 65 months for her role in the fraud. The court also ordered Doye and Reid to pay more than $43 million in restitution to the victims.

During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes described the defendant as “cold blooded” and the “driving force” behind an “overwhelmingly selfish act” that was motivated by “pure unmitigated greed.” He scolded the defendant for having a “callous attitude” toward his victims, and remarked about his testimony during trial. “After you said your name, I’m hard-pressed to remember anything you said that was truthful,” Judge Hayes said.

The pair were indicted on September 19, 2017 on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  Reid was also charged with lying to a federal agent.  On November 20, 2018, after a two-week trial, a jury returned a guilty verdict on all charges against both defendants.  According to the indictment and the evidence introduced at trial, the defendants defrauded lenders into making enormous loans against four multi-million dollar mansions in La Jolla and Del Mar, then used forged documents to make it appear that the loans had been paid off – thereby enabling them to secure additional loans from new lenders who believed the mansions were owned “free and clear.”

Doye, a senior executive at the real estate investment firms Conix, Inc. and Variant Commercial Real Estate (“VCRE”), negotiated the financing from unsuspecting lenders and investors based on a host of lies about the collateral used to secure the loans.  To pull off the scam, Doye, Reid, and their co-conspirators created forged real estate lien “releases” and recorded fraudulent records at the San Diego County Recorder’s Office, complicating the chain of title for these homes.  Reid notarized the forged documents, helping to make the fraudulent paperwork appear authentic.

Doye’s business partner, Courtland Gettel, and Arizona attorney Jeffrey Greenberg, who testified at the trial on behalf of the government, previously pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme and are serving sentences of 135 and 51 months, respectively. Gettel and Greenberg were also ordered to pay more than $43 million in restitution to victims, and to forfeit the proceeds of the crime.  Gettel was the owner of Conix and VCRE, which refurbished single-family homes, purchased distressed debt, and purchased and refurbished commercial real estate projects.

During trial, the government proved that Gettel, Greenberg, and Doye acquired the high-end homes in La Jolla and Del Mar by claiming they would be used as luxury rentals and investment properties—although in fact, Gettel and Doye lived in the properties along with their families. When they needed money to fund other business deals, Gettel and Doye began negotiating with new lenders, pretending that the first loans never existed or had already been paid off.  Greenberg admitted that he used his expertise as a lawyer to generate and record fraudulent records, making it appear that prior loans were paid off and helping to close the fraudulent deals.

In late 2014, the lenders began to uncover the fraud and learn that their secured interests in the properties were worthless.  In response to questions from these lenders, Doye, Reid and Gettel denied knowing anything about the fraudulent loans, and created yet more fraudulent documents to cover their tracks. For example, Reid destroyed her notary book and cut up her notary stamp, and then falsely reported to the California Secretary of State that her book had been lost.

“This crime was a colossal $50 million swindle by a greedy, brazen thief who squandered the stolen money on lavish parties in Las Vegas, penthouse apartments, private jets and abundant drug use,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “The defendant’s extravagant lifestyle was funded by the hardships of his victims, who suffered health problems, emotional stress, financial uncertainty and strain on relationships. This sentence underscores the significant harm victims to and the integrity of our financial system, and is a testament to the hard work of FBI agents and prosecutors Emily Allen and Andrew Young.”

“Today, final justice has been served in this multi-million dollar loan fraud scheme. All four defendants, including Doye, who was sentenced to 15 years in custody today, are no longer able to perpetrate their deceit and lies to fulfill their personal greed,” said FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner.   “The FBI remains committed to pursuing fraud schemes that erode the integrity of our financial system."

DEFENDANTS, 17CR2897-WQH

Peter Cash Doye                                             Age: 43                       San Diego, CA

Raquel Reid                                                    Age: 40                       San Diego, CA

Count One (both defendants): Wire and Mail Fraud Conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349

Maximum Penalties: 20 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss caused by the offense, $100 special assessment, restitution, forfeiture

Counts Two through Six (Doye only; both defendants as to Count Three): Wire Fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343

Maximum Penalties as to each count: 20 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss caused by the offense, $100 special assessment, restitution, forfeiture

Counts Seven through Nine (Doye only as to Count Seven, both defendants as to Counts Eight and Nine): Mail Fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341

Maximum Penalties as to each count: 20 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss caused by the offense, $100 special assessment, restitution, forfeiture

Counts Ten and Eleven (both defendants): Aggravated Identity Theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A

Maximum Penalties: mandatory 2 years’ imprisonment, consecutive to any other term of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, $100 special assessment, restitution.

Count Twelve (Reid only): False Statements to Federal Agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001

Maximum Penalties: 5 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, $100 special assessment, restitution.

DEFENDANTS PREVIOUSLY CHARGED

Jeffrey Greenberg, 16CR1076-WQH and 1077-WQH          Age: 67           Tucson, AZ

Courtland Gettel, 16CR1099-WQH                                       Age: 43           Coronado, CA

AGENCY

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 
CAS19-0425-Doye
Updated April 25, 2019