Ex-Hells Angel sent to prison for mortgage fraud
A former Hells Angels leader from Rohnert Park has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for his part in a home loan fraud scheme. Raymond Foakes, 48, former president of the motorcycle club's Sonoma chapter, pleaded guilty to fraud and money-laundering charges in October. He was among seven defendants charged in September with conspiring to defraud banks by falsifying loan applications for real estate in San Francisco and several North Bay communities. Prosecutors said Foakes admitted making false statements on mortgage loan applications in 2006 and early 2007, in one instance falsely describing himself as the owner of a concrete company who made $24,000 a month. He claimed he intended to live in one of the properties but instead allowed it to be used for marijuana growing, prosecutors said.