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Family pleads guilty to $2 million real estate fraud

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A family of three pleaded guilty to a wide range of identity theft charges in a case in Washington state involving home loans totaling around $2 million, officials said Wednesday. Mildreada Ruiz Rapa, 47, formerly of Vancouver, Wash., and her daughter Malanie Andrews, 24, also formerly of Vancouver, entered guilty pleas Wednesday in Tacoma, Wash., to a wide range of identity theft related charges that included real estate fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney for the Western District of Washington said. In October 2005, Michael Andrews, Rapa's son, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and $243,224 in restitution after pleading guilty to related identity theft charges, officials said. The case began in September 2003, when the defendants allegedly used a series of phony identities to obtain car loans in Vancouver, Wash., officials said. When arrested, the family posted a fraudulent bond to get out of jail and then fled, according to officials. According to court records, the ...