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Man gets prison in mortgage scam in Arizona, California

PHOENIX -- A San Diego man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in an advance-fee mortgage rescue scam in Arizona and California.

Federal prosecutors say 66-year-old Frank Becerra Campos also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

Campos and two other defendants were accused of defrauding more than 260 distressed homeowners out of about $675,000 in up-front fees with false promises of mortgage modification assistance.

Prosecutors say Hispanic homeowners were the prime target of the scheme and more than half of the homeowners were in Arizona.

Campos' prison sentence was the maximum allowed by statute and he was ordered to pay back full restitution to the victims.

Arrest warrants have been issued for the other defendants. Authorities believe those two men fled to Mexico.

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