Mr. Diener is now “Active” with the State Bar.
From the State Bar Website.
“February 5, 2011
CHRISTOPHER LEE DIENER [#187890], 43, of Irvine was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on four years of probation with an actual 15-month suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Feb. 5, 2011.
Diener stipulated that he collected $33,405 from 15 out-of-state clients to obtain modifications of their home mortgage loans. He is not licensed in any of the states. He stipulated that he held himself out as an attorney in states where he was not licensed and charged and collected illegal fees.
In mitigation, Diener had no prior discipline record and he cooperated with the bar’s investigation.
Diener became the first California lawyer arrested for illicit loan modification activities when he was charged in Orange County with more than 100 felonies in February 2010. Most charges were dropped and he now faces 9 felony grand theft charges and one charge of conspiracy to commit grand theft and capping. The State Bar placed him on involuntary inactive enrollment in October 2009 and originally charged him with 80 counts of misconduct in 24 matters.”
Christopher Diener of Orange County was suspended by the California State bar last year:
“In addition, CHRISTOPHER L. DIENER [#187890] of Irvine, principal attorney for Home Relief Services LLC, was placed on inactive status Oct. 9. Attorney General Jerry Brown sued Diener last summer and accused him of telling homeowners he and his company would act as sole agent and negotiators and directed the homeowners to stop contacting their lender. None of the known victims received a loan modification with the company’s assistance.”
From the Orange County Register:
“County prosecutors arrested today two Ladera Ranch men – and issued a warrant for a third – accusing them of defrauding more than 400 homeowners in an alleged $1.25 million loan modification scam.Christopher Lee Diener, 42, Terrence Green Sr. 43, and Stefano Joseph Marrero, 40, are each charged with a felony count of conspiracy and 97 felony grand theft counts, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Diener and Green were taken into custody this morning, and are each being held on $1.5 million bail. They will be arraigned Tuesday. A $1.5 million warrant has been issued for Marrero.
The business partners are accused of getting upfront fees from homeowners, and falsely promising they can get them loans with cheaper payments in less than 90 days and offering a 100 percent money-back guarantee, prosecutors said.
Their businesses were run under the names of Home Relief Services LLC; U.S. Loan Mod Processing, HRS Communications, The Diener Law Firm and Diener Law Group, prosecutors said.”
According to the Daily Journal, his bail was lowered to $650k.