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Evidence gathering continues in the pre-trial stages of the criminal case filed by the federal government against former Homestore executives Stuart H. Wolff and Peter B. Tafeen. The jury selection process is scheduled to begin Jan. 17, though lawyers say the start date could be postponed. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department in April announced criminal and civil cases against Wolff, the former CEO of Homestore, and Peter Tafeen, the company's former executive vice president of business development. The pair allegedly participated in a scheme to inflate Homestore's online advertising revenues through fraudulent "round-trip" transactions. Wolff, of Westlake Village, Calif., served as Homestore's CEO and chairman of the board from 1997 to January 2002, ...