A self-described pastor, real estate broker, psychotherapist, and humanitarian, Norman Quintero, who ran afoul of the law in a November 2020 Orange County Court action that ruled he was unlawfully occupying an Aliso Viejo property was arrested on March 23, 2021. The arrest came in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation of Mr. Quintero’s alleged removal of tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of studio editing equipment, musical instruments, including a grand piano, furnishings, and historic photographs, from the 41 Columbia building in Aliso Viejo he had occupied before the Orange County sheriff finally escorted him off the premises.
Because Quintero spent the night in the Orange County jail, he could not be reached for comment, and police officers executed a search warrant at his residence on the morning of March 23, 2021. Mr. Quintero was not home at the time of the raid, but sources report officers later apprehended him at his Tustin, California, office.
Orange County booking number 3193227 reveals that Norman Alberto Quintero is in custody, awaiting hearing and is being held on $458,000 bail. Public record of his arrest indicates that Quintero, born 9/16/1965, identified his profession as pastor, but additional inquiries reveal that Quintero goes by many titles.
Public records show that in February 2012, Quintero was arrested by Orlando, Florida, police on a charge of stalking and dating violence. According to the arrest affidavit, a woman said she had an intimate relationship for four years with Quintero, her employer at the time. The relationship ended when her employment terminated, but she stated that he continually “contacted [her] against her will.” According to the affidavit, the woman said Quintero, who showed up at her residence and sent repeated text messages, also threatened her family in Mexico and threatened to call immigration on her, adding she called police after seeing Quintero in her driveway. She wrote on her Facebook account that Quintero was a “false prophet” and fake Democrat. “We have to get this information out,” she continued, “I don’t want anyone to be swindled by the words ‘pastor’ or ‘democrat’ or taken in by his Hispanic last name.”
Quintero was also arrested in 2002 on a complaint of domestic violence in Orange County, Florida. Court records show Quintero was arrested for battery in July 2002. At the time, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported that Quintero, who was running for a school board seat, was arrested after a fight with his wife that started when she smoked in their home. An earlier complaint was lodged against him in 1997 in an allegation of domestic violence, which did not lead to arrest.
Quintero also faced issues with the Florida Bar in 1997 when at least 35 complaints were lodged against him for falsely representing that he was an attorney. Many of the people, mostly immigrants or foreigners here on visas, claimed that Quintero took money in legal fees from each of them but did little to advance their cases. Many said they feared deportation as a result.
Although Quintero never acknowledged any specific wrongdoing, on February 14, 1997, he signed an agreement with the Florida Bar acknowledging that he is not licensed to practice law in the state of Florida and would stop doing so. However, the Florida Bar continued to receive complaints about Quintero. In August 1997, the Florida Bar filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court, seeking a court order against him.
He again landed in hot water when he was investigated in 2021 on a series of improprieties in connection with his clients’ efforts to obtain loan modifications. He was alleged to have solicited, charged, and received payments for loan modification services before completing or performing all the services he promised to provide, including collecting fees before being allowed to do so by statute, and he allegedly omitted material information from the modification process. The allegations do not state whether he ever fulfilled those promises. Additional claims have been leveled against him in Mesquite, Texas, where protesters claimed victims of Mr. Quintero’s actions had lost their homes, been forced into foreclosure, and had waited for over a year to get their cases resolved.
In November of 2020 in case number 30-2020-01166386-CU-UD-CJC, the court ruled against Quintero’s charity, NQR, Corp. According to the complaint, Quintero’s church had entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the property, and Quintero was provided access to inspect and conduct tests on the property in anticipation of the sale. He took possession and refused to leave, squatting in the building for more than four months, claiming to have made numerous improvements to the building. The judge’s order rejected all of his claims as lacking any evidence. He was ordered to vacate.