"A real estate investor pleaded guilty yesterday to bid rigging at public foreclosure auctions in San Mateo and San Francisco counties over a two-year span, according to the Department of Justice.
Norman Montalvo, of Concord, conspired with others at the
auctions, including the one held outside the Redwood City courthouse, to
designate a winning bidder for selected properties rather than compete
against each other, according to court documents.
Those involved kept the wining price low which, in turn, federal
prosecutors say, damaged the real estate market and defrauded those
expecting a level playing field.
The investors “illegally restrained competition ... by falsely
creating the appearance of unfettered bidding while they were secretly
colluding to suppress prices,” said Scott D. Hammond, deputy assistant
attorney general of the antitrust division, in an announcement of
And what was it Romney said "let the investors pick up the foreclosed homes"--yeah Mitt, good for our country.