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Feds target mortgage-elimination scheme

Restraining order would shut down Dorean Group operations

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The U.S. government is working to shutdown the operations of a nationwide scheme based in California that has purported to eliminate home mortgages for an up-front fee. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California has filed a complaint that seeks to permanently block an alleged "fraudulent mortgage elimination scheme" carried out by Dale Scott Heineman and Kurt F. Johnson through The Dorean Group, Oxford Trust and Universal Trust. Heineman was arrested by police in Union City, Calif., and faces charges of communications fraud, racketeering, unlawful dealing of property by a fiduciary, theft, fraudulent handling of recordable writings and conspiracy in Utah. Authorities are still seeking Johnson, who faces similar charges in Utah. A Web log,, purports to be authored by Johnson, and it includes details about current cases pending against Johnson and Heineman. An Aug. 1 hearing date has been set to consider the U.S. Attorney's Office requ...