Down the Rabbit Hole: The Art of Illusion

I have been studying the interwoven web of the Mortgage Field Services Industry for several years now. As you get towards the bottom of the story you are in for a HUGE eye opener if you study the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Contract R-ATL-02006 for the HUD M&M 3.5. For years I have preached the gospel of Anti Trust and Sherman Act (definitely open this link). Yesterday, the US Department of Veterans Affairs telegraphed that the days of the Shell Game are coming to an end.

Washington, DC—(ENEWPSF)—December 16, 2013. A former repair contractor of a Florida property management company was sentenced to serve time in prison for his participation in a wire fraud scheme related to housing repairs made under a contract between Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Justice announced today.

Now, Ocwen may pretend that they are in the blind, but I wager differently. My opinion so I could give two shits what they think. With that said, though, the meat of the story is that Contractors spun up Companies to pretend to be different than they themselves.

“By paying kickbacks in exchange for contracts to companies they secretly owned or with which they were affiliated, the conspirators created the illusion of competition while illegally steering contracts to themselves,” said Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.  “Today’s sentencing reaffirms the Antitrust Division’s commitment to prosecuting schemes that undermine competition in the VA Mortgage Guarantee Program.”

An analyst looks at an inordinate amount of data and then draws connections from that data. Same thing the National Security Agency does each and every day. Below, you will see graphics and information drawn from Corporation Wiki. This is the first layer of what I have; the remainder of the data sets I did not include as they might be premature.

Now, I am not stating that anyone below is criminally involved in anything. What I am saying is that Douglas Road in Miami along with Juan A Sanchez (a lawyer) comes up frequently in this singular data set. Sanchez and Miami also appear in multiple data sets I have constructed which could be simply coincidence.

Maybe Miami is a great place to do business. Maybe Sanchez is a damn good lawyer. That would explain everything.

Prescient

National Home Management Solutions, LLC filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida filed on Thursday, January 29, 2004. This corporation is approximately nine years old according to documents filed with Florida Department of State. Robert’s past corporate interests include the Chairman of National Home Management Solutions, LLC Robert R. Miller has additional archived roles with two other companies including: (*It should be noted that Arthur Torano is listed as a Managing Member and NHMS ties into Prescient)

Metec Asset Management, L.C. also lists Eric Torano as Manager, in addition to Robert’s role. This corporation was registered twelve years after National Home Management Solutions, LLC as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Friday, January 03, 1992.

Richard Hernandez is the President of The Metec Group, Inc. and inactive roles in one additional company. The Metec Group, Inc. filed as a Domestic for Profit Corporation in the State of Florida filed on Monday, February 03, 1997. This corporation is approximately sixteen years old according to documents filed with Florida Department of State. The Metec Group, Inc. also lists Eric Torano as CEO. Richard Hernandez’s additional active roles include:

Richard Hernandez is connected to other officers through these corporate roles. One of the top connections is Eric Torano who is the Manager for Metec Asset Management, L.L.C. and has interests in other companies, including CEO of The Metec Group, Inc. Richard’s past corporate interests include the Managing Member of Emerald City Management, LLC. Metec Asset Management, L.C. also lists Eric Torano as Manager, in addition to Richard’s role of Manager. This corporation was registered five years after The Metec Group, Inc. as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Friday, January 03, 1992.

Richard Hernandez

Eric Torano is the CEO of The Metec Group, Inc. and holds active roles in four companies and inactive roles in one additional company. The Metec Group, Inc. filed as a Domestic for Profit Corporation in the State of Florida filed on Monday, February 03, 1997. This corporation is approximately sixteen years old according to documents filed with Florida Department of State. The Metec Group, Inc. also lists Richard Hernandez as President.

Eric Torano’s additional active roles include:

Eric Torano is connected to other officers through these corporate roles. One of the top connections is Arthur J. Torano. Eric’s past corporate interests include the Managing Member of Emerald City Management, LLC. Pres, LLC also lists Arthur J. Torano as Manager, in addition to Eric’s role of Manager. This corporation was registered ten years after The Metec Group, Inc. as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Thursday, September 27, 2007.

Eric Torano

Nanette Torano is the Manager of Cleveland and Franklin, LLC. Cleveland and Franklin, LLC. filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida filed on Friday, June 10, 2011. This corporation is approximately two years old according to documents filed with Florida Department of State. Cleveland and Franklin, LLC. also lists Eric Torano as Manager. Nanette Torano is connected to other officers through these corporate roles. One of the top connections is Eric Torano.

Arthur J. Torano is the CEO of Prescient, Inc. and holds active roles in three companies. Prescient, Inc. filed as a Domestic for Profit Corporation in the State of Florida filed on Friday, November 05, 1999. This corporation is approximately fourteen years old according to documents filed with Florida Department of State.

Arthur J. Torano’s additional active roles include:

Arthur J. Torano is connected to other officers through these corporate roles. One of the top connections is Eric Torano. Pres, LLC also lists William L. Webb as Manager, in addition to Arthur’s role of Manager. This corporation was registered eight years after Prescient, Inc. as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Thursday, September 27, 2007.

Arthur J Torano

William L. Webb is the Manager of Pres, LLC. Pres, LLC filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida filed on Thursday, September 27, 2007. This corporation is approximately six years old according to documents filed with Florida Department of State. Pres, LLC also lists Arthur J. Torano as Manager. William L. Webb is connected to other officers through these corporate roles. One of the top connections is Arthur J. Torano.

Pres, LLC filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Thursday, September 27, 2007 and is approximately six years old, as recorded in documents filed with Florida Department of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Sunday, September 01, 2013. Eric Torano serves as the Manager and has interests in other corporate entities including The Metec Group, Inc., Metec Asset Management, L.C. and two more corporations. Eric’s past corporate affiliations include Emerald City Management, LLC. Arthur Torano is the Manager of Pres, LLC. Arthur’s additional corporate interests include Prescient, Inc., Crimson Owners Group LLC , and Jags Investments, LLC. The Manager of Pres, LLC is William Webb. Arthur J. Torano is also the registered agent for the company.

Pres LLC

Cleveland and Franklin, LLC. filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Friday, June 10, 2011 and is approximately two years old, according to public records filed with Florida Department of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Sunday, September 01, 2013. Eric Torano serves as the Manager and has interests in other corporate entities including The Metec Group, Inc., Pres, LLC and two more corporations. Eric’s past corporate affiliations include Emerald City Management, LLC. Nanette Torano is the Manager of Cleveland and Franklin, LLC. The registered agent for the company is Juan A. Sanchez, P.A.

Cleveland and Franklin LLC

Metec Asset Management, L.L.C. filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Friday, January 03, 1992 and is approximately twenty-one years old, as recorded in documents filed with Florida Department of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Sunday, September 01, 2013. Eric Torano serves as the Manager and has interests in other corporate entities including The Metec Group, Inc., Pres, LLC and two more corporations. Eric’s past corporate affiliations include Emerald City Management, LLC. Richard Hernandez is the Manager of Metec Asset Management, L.C. Richard’s additional corporate interests include The Metec Group, Inc. located in Coral Gables, FL Richard’s past corporate affiliations include Emerald City Management, LLC. The registered agent for the company is Robert R. Miller.

Here we shift from LLC to INC with the word Group added

The Metec Group, Inc. filed as a Domestic for Profit Corporation in the State of Florida on Monday, February 03, 1997 and is approximately sixteen years old, according to public records filed with Florida Department of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Sunday, September 01, 2013. Richard Hernandez serves as the President and has interests in other corporate entities including Metec Asset Management, L.C. located in Coral Gables, FL Richard’s past corporate affiliations include Emerald City Management, LLC. Eric Torano is the CEO of The Metec Group, Inc.. Eric’s additional corporate interests include Pres, LLC, Metec Asset Management, L.C. and two more corporations. Eric’s past corporate affiliations include Emerald City Management, LLC. Eric Torano is also the registered agent for the company.

Jags Investments, LLC filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Thursday, August 20, 2009 and is approximately four years old, according to public records filed with Florida Department of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Sunday, September 01, 2013. Eric Torano serves as the Managing Member and has interests in other corporate entities including The Metec Group, Inc., Pres, LLC and two more corporations. Eric’s past corporate affiliations include Emerald City Management, LLC. Arthur Torano is the Managing Member of Jags Investments, LLC. Arthur’s additional corporate interests include Prescient, Inc., Pres, LLC , and Crimson Owners Group LLC. Arthur J. Torano is also the registered agent for the company.

Crimson Owners Group LLC filed as a Florida Limited Liability in the State of Florida on Friday, August 21, 2009 and is approximately four years old, as recorded in documents filed with Florida Department of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Sunday, September 01, 2013. Arthur Torano serves as the Manager and has interests in other corporate entities including Prescient, Inc., Pres, LLC , and Jags Investments, LLC. The registered agent for the company is Robert L. Miller.

Prescient

So, I am not intimating that any of these folks are involved in criminal enterprises. What I am saying is that there are some fundamental rabbit holes I am going down. Certain lawyers like Juan A. Sanchez continue to be a common theme throughout the Government Contracting World as a Registered Agent. Perhaps he is simply a damn good lawyer. I don’t know. I am also looking at all of the interesting correlations of proximity of addresses on these and many other Companies. With respect to other Companies, the addresses overlap as do many, many names.

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