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Joshua Goldberg

Josh Goldberg, formerly a mortgage broker in East Baltimore, moved to Israel two years ago with his spouse, Bayardo Alvarez, sparking a national debate (in Israel) about gay marriage and the right of return. This year he was indicted (in the U.S. District Court in Maryland) for mortgage fraud stemming from a dozen or so outrageous “straw man” sales of mostly dilapidated Upper Fells Point area rowhouses. The feds say Goldberg co-directed the scheme, with which he and a half-dozen confederates extracted more than $2.5 million from various shady lenders. Several co-defendants have already pleaded guilty. No word on when (or whether) Goldberg might return to face the charges.

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