|$1 Million in Mortgage Leads Stolen
Founders of Old Commonwealth stole leads from Old Merchants
April 28, 2006
Orellano was still working at Old Merchants Mortgage when he met with Elbaum and Donza. The pair allegedly paid Orellano thousands of dollars to gain access to Old Merchants Mortgage computer system and the company’s mortgage leads.
“Mr. Elbaum and Mr. Donza had started their own mortgage company,” Rice said in the statement. “Investigators believe that it was their intention to use the stolen information from Old Merchants Mortgage to profit Old Commonwealth Mortgage.”
In January, Old Merchants changed its computer system but “once again, it is alleged that Mr. Elbaum gained access to the new accounts,” Rice said.
Eventually Old Mortgage discovered the unauthorized access as well as Orellano’s involvement. They hired private investigators to set up a sting.
The investigators “recorded a telephone conversation between Mr. Orellano and Mr. Elbaum in which Mr. Elbaum admitted having access to Old Merchants Mortgage’s accounts, his concerns about getting caught and his desire to obtain more leads from his old employer,” Rice said.
Old Merchants Mortgage estimated that it paid more than $1.3 million for the computer mortgage leads that were allegedly stolen. The arrests were made after authorities raided seized documents, records, computers and other equipment from the mortgage office operated by Elbaum and Donza.
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