The indictment charges:
From in or about late 2007, to in or about November 2009, KAREN TAPPERT offered, by word of mouth, a mortgage rescue service, but the way she ''rescued'' mortgages was by recording fraudulent deeds that purported to convey the property from the true title holder to an entity that she controlled.
TAPPERT also engaged in a "Squatter's scheme'' whereby, she squatted on abandoned properties in which she had no ownership right. From in or around December 2009, to at least February 2010, TAPPERT found properties that had already been foreclosed upon, and filed fraudulent deeds that purported to convey the propedy from the true title holder to an entity that she controlled. TAPPERT gained use of the property and, if she could, either rented out the property - or sold it.
The indictment goes on to detail specific fraudulent transactions. It appears that people actually paid her to (at best) royally screw up their titles and (at worst) cost them their homes and perhaps their freedom. It also contains a couple of forfeiture counts; the Nevada PD represents her, so there may not be much to forfeit.
The govt sought and got her detention pending trial, somewhat unusual for a non-massive fraud. The findings of the M-J:
Based upon the information as set forth in the government’s proffer, as well as the information provided to the Court by Pretrial Services, the Court finds the defendant poses a substantial risk of nonappearance. The Pretrial Services report reflects the defendant has used aliases and possessed identification, credit cards and a social security card in names other than her own. The defendant lacks a verifiable residence and does not have stable employment or financial or property ties to this or any other community. Additionally, the defendant’s criminal history record reflects four outstanding warrants. The Court finds that there are no conditions or combination of conditions that the Court could fashion at this time that would reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance at future court proceedings, accordingly, the defendant is ordered detained pending trial.