What started out as an attempted murder charge wound up as a misdemeanor assault conviction for William Hogarty, the CEO of a now defunct mortgage consulting firm, O.F. Lending.
Hogarty, 49, was arrested in July for attacking his then-roommate at the Livermore home that Hogarty and his wife owned. The charge was first reduced to aggravated assault, then, last week, was dropped to a misdemeanor.
Then Hogarty was arrested while in court April 22 on 12 counts of real estate fraud, three counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of perjury.
Court documents claim Hogarty and co-defendants James Allen Rivera Jr., Gregory Wayne Lomba and James Torpey conspired to defraud people of their property, conspired to commit false advertising, and conspired to collect advance fees.
A preliminary hearing on the charges of fraud, conspiracy and perjury was postponed Tuesday until June.