Couple was wanted for California real estate fraud

Without confirming the name of the suspect killed in a police standoff in Hoquiam Wednesday, Michael Blazina, Supervising Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County, did acknowledge that his office was involved with Hoquiam Police in the service of a felony warrant in a 2004 case from Sacramento County involving a man and a woman on real estate fraud.

Nina Marlowe, who is listed as owner of the 2801 Aberdeen Ave. home that was the scene of a 20-hour standoff, was booked into Grays Harbor County Jail. Marlowe was a co-defendant in the Sacramento case, along with Rick Marlowe. Grays Harbor officials have not officially released the name of the man killed Thursday morning in the standoff, but it is believed to be Rick Marlowe.

In the case against the Marlowes, Nina Marlowe is also referred to as Nina Lyubezhanina.

“The allegations (in the 2004 case) were that the female subject, at the male subject’s direction or involvement, forged and pretended to be another female who was on title of the property with the male subject,” he said. “He had her pretend to be this other person so they could sell the property and the sale resulted in an amount of equity that would have gone to them,” Blazina said.

Blazina said the fraud involved about $160,000 in equity with $80,000 allegedly going to the woman if the sale had been approved.

Felony warrants were issued for both the man and the woman in 2004, and the charges involved “filing a false or forged instrument, theft by false pretenses and identity theft under California law,” Blazina said.

The warrant has been active since then and Blazina said he knew of no other contact authorities have had with the couple. He declined to comment about other cases involving the couple.

Acting on information that the man was now living in Hoquiam, Blazina said, authorities in Sacramento exchanged information with Hoquiam Police.

“The female identified herself as such and was arrested on the warrant. The male provided a fake ID, and the officers did not have enough information at that point to determine if he was the subject that was wanted,” Blazina said of the exchange of information between the two departments on Tuesday.

“Additional information in the investigation led to the belief that he was in fact the individual we were looking for,” Blazina said.

Neither the man nor the woman ever appeared in court on the 2004 case, and Blazina said there was no incidence of violence associated with the fraud investigation.