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C.A.R. is reporting this particular accusation due to its scale and the many reports regarding this situation.

The California Dept. of Real Estate (DRE) has filed an accusation against Laura Preciado, a real estate broker in Fullerton, Calif., alleging a “scheme to defraud others by collecting earnest money deposits from prospective purchasers of real property and converting said trust funds…for Respondent’s own use, gain, or benefit.”  

The accusation indicates she claims to be the listing agent on properties and collects earnest money deposits from multiple buyers on the same property. The DRE alleges she issued refunds to some early buyers using earnest money deposited from new buyers who made offers on other properties.  

On one of the many property addresses listed in the DRE accusation, more than 10 buyers had sent deposits for the same property within a short period of time. The same pattern occurs with different properties, according to the DRE filing. 

On April 16, 2019, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office amended their February 26 complaint charging her with11 counts of felony grand theft and embezzlement (case number 19CF029). She was previously released on bail March 4, 2019, yet new allegations of continuing misconduct have surfaced against Ms. Preciado, according to information provided to C.A.R.

DRE records show she is doing business under the names AE Builder, AE Management, and similar names, as well as OCG Enterprises.  The allegations include properties in Lancaster, Palmdale, Riverside, Perris, Victorville, Sun City, Hesperia and more. 

The recently published DRE accusation describes more than 50 buyers that have had these issues involving Ms. Preciado (DRE # 01473934) or her companies.  C.A.R. has not independently verified the facts of these allegations which are posted on the DRE website

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