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Posted: September 11, 2008 10:13 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2008 5:00 a.m.
gets jail time

James Anthony Rojas, 51 of Mission Hills, is going to state prison for seven years, eight months for orchestrating several real estate scams, said a district attorney's spokesperson. A San Fernando Superior Court judge sentenced Rojas on Monday. He was convicted of 14 counts of grand theft, forgery and three counts of rent skimming. Among Rojas's victims were several Santa Clarita residents. Rojas stole $50,000 from one victim who was promised a $10,000 return on investment along with the principle in 60 days. Another victim gave Rojas a $1,000 deposit on an apartment, which he had no connection with. Rojas took off with the money. Rojas used forged documents to transfer title of a part time property in Long Beach into his name from a man whose permanent home is in the Philippines.

VIA does some team building

The Valley Industrial Association's educational committee and foundation are joining with businesses and schools to sponsor a business-building competition. Teams of students will identify and propose business solutions for local businesses. Local students are invited to enter. The application deadline is Sept. 30. The awards ceremony is Nov. 10 at the Embassy Suites. The winning projects will be showcased at a luncheon meeting Nov. 18 at the Hyatt Valencia.

- The Signal


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