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With "almond-shaped eyes,'' "flawless skin'' and ''full beautiful lips,'' Saman Hasnain easily took first place in the 2008 Mrs. Pakistan World beauty pageant, according to the group's president.
But the same physical assets that snared Hasnain that top title also helped her lure South Bay homeowners into a loan modification scam she and her husband Jawad operated from 2008 through October 2010, prosecutor Victor Chen contends.
Now the Santa Clara County deputy district attorney has charged them with allegedly ripping off 17 people -- just a fraction of the 80-100 families he says they defrauded. The Hasnains each face 19 felony counts of conspiracy to commit grand theft in the loan-modification scheme, and Jawad also has been charged with nine additional counts of felony grand theft for allegedly enticing victims from 2006 through July 2010 into investing in a fraudulent 10-unit condominium development in Fremont.