Mortgage Broker Exposed by FOX 8 I-Team Charged

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CLEVELAND -- Justice has finally been served against a local mortgage lender accused of stealing his client’s refinance money between 2004 and 2006. 

General Manager David LaSalla, of Crossland Financial, has been charged by way of information with attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, and theft. An information typically means the accused has agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a plea agreement.

The Fox 8 I-Team first confronted LaSalla, who is now 45 years old, back in 2006 after hearing from viewers who said he and his colleagues convinced them to refinance their homes to pay for renovations and provide them with extra spending money.

Mitchell Jones, 28, was the company rep customers accused of calling at all hours in an effort to close their loans. Charles Cravotta was the employee they said came to their homes to measure for repairs.

LaSalla refused to address his customer’s accusations when first confronted by the I-Team six years ago.

The I-Team tracked LaSalla down at a park near his posh home in Chardon before he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  That’s where authorities said they found him living prior to filing charges. Jones had moved to Tempe, Arizona, while Cravotta was found living in West Miffle, Pennsylvania.

LaSalla no longer refuses to talk about his business practices and neither does his crew.  Information documents have been filed against all three men. LaSalla has agreed to pay $824,892.05 in restitution; Jones has agreed to repay his victims $139,201.

The group goes before a judge on July 12, 2012.

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