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Sept. 6, 2011


Las Vegas, NV The Office of the Nevada Attorney General announced an indictment today against Shafik Hirji, 53, who unlawfully obtained financing on the home of one of his acquaintances. Hirji, of Las Vegas, was indicted on three counts of forgery and one count of theft for obtaining a loan on the victim's home and embezzling the proceeds.

The indictment alleges that Hirji completed loan documents in the homeowner's name and used them to effectuate the loan transaction. In the process, Hirji induced a notary public to certify that the signatures contained on the documents were true and then presented these documents to the lender. The indictment further alleges that Hirji retained the proceeds of the loan, directing that they be deposited into a bank account under his control.

"The facts surrounding this particular crime are especially troubling," said Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. "The fact that the owner was unaware his home had been refinanced indicates the crime was committed by someone the victim trusted. My office continues to place a high priority on prosecuting fraud in Nevada."

The Nevada Attorney General's Office Fraud Unit originally investigated the matter after receiving a complaint from the homeowner who indicated that he was unaware that his property had been refinanced until he received a notification from the new lender. The Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Unit is prosecuting the matter.

The indictment is not a determination of guilt or innocence but is simply a finding of probable cause that a crime was committed. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should contact the Attorney General's Office at (702) 486-3777.

Source: Office of the Attorney General, Nevada

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