real estate fraud: Nebraska Sovereign Citizen Sentenced for Filing False Property Liens - 02/20/15 08:36 AM
Nebraska Sovereign Citizen Sentenced for Obstructing Internal Revenue Service and Filing False Property Liens Against Federal Officials
WASHINGTON—A La Vista, Nebraska, woman was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska in Omaha to serve 36 months in prison and three years of supervised release for tax obstruction, filing a false claim and filing false retaliatory property liens, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced.
Donna Marie Kozak,
a former college instructor, was convicted by a jury on Aug. 1, 2014, on all nine counts charged in the … (8 comments)

real estate fraud: Former Title Company Owner Heads to Prison in Bank Fraud Conspiracy - 02/19/15 09:19 AM
Former Title Company Owner Heads to Prison in Bank Fraud Conspiracy
HOUSTON—Harris County resident
Kirk Smith
has been ordered to prison following his conviction for defrauding seven different Houston-area banks or more than $2 million in 2007 and 2008, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Smith pleaded guilty Oct. 9, 2013.
Today, U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Smith a 36-month sentence to be followed by three years of supervised release. He will also have to pay $2,078,783.68 in restitution.
As outlined in documents filed with the court and admitted by Smith during … (18 comments)

real estate fraud: Mortgage Fraud Blog for February 18, 2015 - 02/17/15 01:29 PM
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real estate fraud: HUD Officials Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery & Embezzlement - 02/11/15 12:13 AM
Hidalgo HUD Officials Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery and Embezzlement
MCALLEN, TX—
Susana Munguia, 61,
and
Lubina Pedraza, 54,
both of Hidalgo, have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and embezzlement and several counts of bribery, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Munguia and Pedraza were former officials with the City of Hidalgo Housing Authority who worked directly with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). Munguia was the executive director and Pedraza was a secretary.
The indictment charging them was returned under seal Feb. 3, 2015, and unsealed today … (0 comments)

real estate fraud: Mortgage Fraud Blog for February 11, 2015 - 02/10/15 04:19 PM
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real estate fraud: Another Shyster Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud Charge - 02/09/15 10:53 PM
Attorney Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud Charge
PITTSBURGH—An attorney has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of bank fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Erik Sobkiewicz,
51, of 432 Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David Cercone.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. Mr. Conway provided the following information to the Court at the time of the plea:
Sobkiewicz was an attorney involved in a number of interrelated schemes. The first scheme, involved Sobkiewicz embezzling funds … (2 comments)

real estate fraud: Real Estate Fraud for February 10, 2015 - Thousands of Cases to Review - 02/09/15 03:03 PM
 
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real estate fraud: Woman Sentenced to Two Years for Mail Fraud - Stole Many Thousands - 02/09/15 08:20 AM
Virginia Beach Woman Sentenced to Two Years for Mail Fraud
Found to be Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars from Local Construction Companies NORFOLK, VA—
Paula G. Akers,
age 51, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for mail fraud.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after Jackson’s sentencing before United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.
Akers was charged with the offense in a … (2 comments)

real estate fraud: Couple Guilty of Foreclosure Rescue Scam Targeting Spanish-Speaking - 02/06/15 02:38 PM
Roseville Couple Plead Guilty to Loan Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Scam That Targeted Spanish-Speaking Community
SACRAMENTO, CA—
Martin Wayne Flanders,
50, formerly of Roseville, and
Ligia Sandoval Spafford,
48, of Roseville, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud for their participation in a fraud scheme that targeted distressed homeowners, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, between 2008 and 2010, Flanders charged clients advance fees in exchange for a number of financial services, including loan modifications, mortgage loan audits, credit repair, debt relief, bankruptcy filings, and a program to sell homes to “investors” with a … (6 comments)

real estate fraud: Realtor Caught On Cam Stealing Prescription Drugs From Client's Home - 02/05/15 04:22 AM
 
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real estate fraud: Mortgage Fraud Blog for February 4, 2015 - 02/03/15 10:49 PM
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real estate fraud: FinancialAdviser Guilty of Conspiring to Defraud Professional Athletes - 02/03/15 09:35 PM
New York Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Professional Athlete Clients
SAN DIEGO, CA—United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today that
Joseph Vaccaro,
financial advisor for professional athletes and entertainers, has admitted to plotting to defraud investors in a multimillion dollar investment scheme.
As set forth in his Plea Agreement, on June 5, 2014, Vaccaro and co-defendant Vincent “Vinnie” Porter flew to California to meet with a financial advisor for professional athletes. Unbeknownst to Vaccaro and Porter, the financial advisor was working as a confidential informant for the FBI. At the covertly recorded meeting, Vaccaro pitched … (2 comments)

real estate fraud: Las Vegas Attorney Guilty in Scheme to Erase $800+k in Mortgage Debt - 02/03/15 12:10 AM
Las Vegas Defense Attorney Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Erase More Than $800,000 in Mortgage Debt
Transferred Duffel Bag with $290,000 in Cash to His Brother-in-Law to Finance Sham Short Sale LAS VEGAS—
Luis J. Rojas,
a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney, pleaded guilty today in federal court to making false statements in connection with a fraudulent “short sale” of his property in Henderson Nevada.
As detailed in the plea agreement, Rojas purchased a single family home in 2006, for $935,430, which he financed by taking out two mortgages from Homecomings Financial Network, a GMAC company (“GMAC”). Rojas then lived … (4 comments)

real estate fraud: Former Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges - 02/01/15 11:27 PM
Former Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges
ST. LOUIS, MO—
Joseph Brogan
pled guilty to multiple fraud charges related to a scheme involving applications for home loans.
According to statements made in court during the guilty plea, Joseph Brogan was employed as a loan officer for USA Mortgage Inc. where he handled both conventional mortgages and FHA loans.
Michael Wallis owned and operated a company known as Missouri Builders and Home Remodeling (Missouri Builders), which performed interior construction and remodeling work on houses.
Bogan, Wallis and others conspired to obtain loan funds by making false and fraudulent representations … (0 comments)

real estate fraud: Brevard County Men Gets 10+ Years for $18 Mil Real Estate Fraud Scheme - 02/01/15 11:13 PM
Brevard County Men Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Operating $18 Million Fraud Scheme
ORLANDO, FL—Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II today sentenced
 
Donald Ray Babb (58, Merritt Island) and
 
 
Ralph Victor Ruth (61, Melbourne)
 
to ten years and one month in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The Court also ordered the forfeiture of their interest in the following properties:
422 Waterside Drive, Merritt Island, FL; 3502 Tipperary Drive, Merritt Island, FL; 3661 Turtle Mound Road, Melbourne, FL; 312 Sycamore Circle, Warne, NC; and 3498 NC Highway 60, Murphy, NC, … (4 comments)

real estate fraud: Houston Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Steal HELOC from Victims - 01/30/15 02:21 AM
Houston Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Steal from Home Equity Lines of Credit of Unsuspecting Victims
HOUSTON—
Obinna Gregory Okoro,
25, of Houston, has been ordered to prison after conspiring to use personal identifiers of victims to create fake bank accounts online, link those accounts to existing bank accounts and drain them of the funds, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Okoro pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud, one count of engaging in computer fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft Sept. 3, 2014.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, who had accepted the … (0 comments)

real estate fraud: Investment Adviser Indicted for Theft of Client Money - 01/30/15 02:07 AM
Westminster Investment Adviser Indicted for Theft of Client Money
Defendant Allegedly Convinced Victims to Give Him More Than $1.9 Million from Retirement Savings, Lines of Credit, and Refinanced Mortgages in the False Promise of Receiving Higher Investment Returns BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury indicted
Jasper Buck,
age 59, formerly of Westminster, Maryland and elsewhere including Sanford and Lake Mary, Florida, for mail fraud arising from an investment fraud scheme. The indictment was returned on January 21, 2015 and unsealed today upon the arrest of the defendant. An initial appearance is expected to be scheduled in federal court in the Middle … (0 comments)

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