Chauncey Bailey Project

Man with ties to bakery faces fraud charges

Tamon Halfin
Tamon Halfin

Bakery associate Tamon Halfin is accused of real estate fraud.

By Paul T. Rosynsky, Chauncey Bailey Project

OAKLAND — New criminal charges were filed Thursday against one of three Your Black Muslim Bakery members accused of kidnapping and torturing two women in May.The new charges, which were filed shortly before the bakery members appeared in court, accuse Tamon Halfin of 20 criminal acts related to the illegal purchase of two houses in Oakland.

Halfin is also accused of about a dozen felony counts related to the kidnapping and torture of the women in May.

Court documents allege that Halfin used a fake name to secure four loans that were used to purchase homes at 7601 Lockwood St. and 9217 Sunnyside St. in Oakland.

Using the name Jason Peterson, Halfin secured more than $1 million from BNC Mortgage and Long Beach Mortgage between October 2005 and December 2005, the documents state.

In both cases, Halfin used a fake driver’s license and in one instance forged a Bank of America bank statement and stole the identity and signature of another person to secure the loan,

the documents allege.

Halfin did not enter a plea in the real estate fraud scheme or the kidnapping and torture case. Instead, his court-appointed attorney, Michael Berger, asked for more time to review the case before his client enters a plea.

Ted Johnson, the court-appointed public defender for Yusuf Bey IV, speaks to the media outside Alameda County Superior Court on Aug. 30, 2007, in Oakland, Calif., where Bey  entered a not-guilty plea to charges of real estate fraud, torture and kidnapping. Bey has also been linked to the killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey earlier this month. (D. Ross Cameron, Oakland Tribune)
Ted Johnson, the court-appointed public defender for Yusuf Bey IV, speaks to the media outside Alameda County Superior Court on Aug. 30, 2007, in Oakland, Calif., where Bey entered a not-guilty plea to charges of real estate fraud, torture and kidnapping. Bey has also been linked to the killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey earlier this month. (D. Ross Cameron, Oakland Tribune)

The real estate scheme Halfin is accused of is similar to one bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV has been charged with in the purchase of a house at 2514 61st Ave.

In that case, Bey IV is suspected of stealing an identity and using a fake driver’s license to secure loans for the purchase of a house in Oakland.

Bey IV pleaded not guilty to those charges and to charges of kidnapping and torturing two women in May.

Bey IV, Halfin and Bey IV’s half-brother Joshua Bey, 21, are accused of using a fake police cruiser to capture two women they thought had money.

They are accused of then driving the women to a house in East Oakland and torturing one until a police officer on routine patrol saw the fake cruiser and investigated

Bey IV also has become a key figure in the confession of Devaughndre Broussard, a bakery handyman accused of killing Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey.

Broussard’s attorney LaRue Grim said Bey IV told his client to take the fall for the slaying in order to save the bakery.

Oakland police placed Bey IV in the same interview room with Broussard before Broussard told police he killed Bailey because of a story the journalist was working on about the bakery’s financial problems and a family feud within the Bey family.

Bey IV’s attorney, Ted Johnson, said Thursday his client had nothing to do with the killing. But Johnson said Bey told Broussard to “tell the truth.” Johnson also questioned

police interview tactics, saying they “just don’t smell right.”

All three men are due back in court Sept. 18. Broussard is due back in court Sept. 20.

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