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The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating fraud allegations against Haydee Jerez Verdugo, a Palm Desert real estate agent, according to news reports. Several former clients have said that Verdugo sold them all the same vacant lot in North Palm Springs, and have filed legal complaints charging that she took thousands of dollars from them, The Desert Sun newspaper reported. Sheriff's deputies in March searched Verdugo's former business and residential addresses, the newspaper reported. And lawyers for dozens of Verdugo's former clients said this week that Verdugo failed to file paperwork in time to meet a court deadline in a civil case filed against her. One lawyer is representing 21 people who Verdugo allegedly led to believe were all purchasing the same piece of property...