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Former North County real estate swinger Philip Rand Lochmiller was found guilty in federal court in Denver today (July 21) of 31 counts of conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering.

In 1985, Lochmiller of Lochmiller Mortgage was sentenced to three years in state prison; the family's real estate scheme had taken money from largely elderly investors in San Diego County, offering as much as 24% a year. The scheme fell apart.

Later he showed up in Grand Junction, Colorado, running a similar real estate operation, touting 14% annual returns. It, too, collapsed, leaving investors in the lurch, and leading to the charges of which he was found guilty today.

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Visduh July 21, 2011 @ 7:13 p.m.

Grand Junction, Colorado! Never having visited that place, I cannot say much about it. It is, however, a rather remote spot in the US. Why did this scamster pick Grand Junction? Is there something about the place, as there is with San Diego, that makes it a natural roost for these con men?

It will be interesting to know just how much time the scuzzball will pull in the federal slammer. With his record of doing this sort of thing before, he'll probably get a stiff sentence. Just how old is he?


Don Bauder July 22, 2011 @ 8:04 a.m.

There is some great natural beauty in and near Grand Junction. Best, Don Bauder


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