PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office obtained a court order against Ruben Diaz and Rodrigo Diaz, who were accused of deceiving dozens of Spanish-speaking consumers in a variety of real estate-related transactions. As a result of the injunctive relief, Ruben and Rodrigo Diaz are banned permanently from advertising, offering, or providing services in connection with the sale, purchase, lease, or financing of real property in Arizona. In addition, Ruben Diaz owes $425,313 in restitution to consumers, as well as $100,000 in civil penalties to the State.
“Buying a home is part of the American dream, but Ruben and Rodrigo Diaz turned that process into a nightmare and robbed dozens of home buyers of that experience," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
The lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office alleged that Ruben and Rodrigo Diaz (father and son team), used several companies, including ProSolutions LLC, to prey upon Spanish-speaking families who wanted to purchase a home.The Defendants promised to find the families homes to purchase and arrange financing.The Defendants then took tens of thousands of dollars in down payments and had Spanish-speaking consumers sign documents in English under false pretenses.
Families who believed they were purchasing a home eventually discovered, sometimes years later, that they were only renters with no equity or ownership rights. In other instances, consumers gave the Defendants thousands of dollars as a down payment for a home, with the promise that it would be returned to them if they did not make a home purchase. In reality, the Defendants spent the down payments and never made the promised refunds.
Ruben and Rodrigo Diaz were not licensed lenders, real estate agents, or mortgage brokers.
Consumers can help protect themselves from real estate and mortgage fraud by working only with licensed professionals and by ensuring that they read and understand contracts before signing them. The public can access the Arizona Department of Real Estate's and the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions' public databases to determine if a lender or realtor is licensed in the State of Arizona.
Assistant Attorneys General Rebecca Salisbury and Kaitlin Hollywood handled this case.
If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint by visiting the Attorney General’s website. If you need a complaint form sent to you, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at (800) 352-8431. Nuestros formularios de quejas están disponibles en inglés o español.
Full copy of the Consent Judgment.