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real estate fraud: FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE GUILTY OF SHORT SALE FRAUD - 01/29/13 10:04 PM
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Marie Hathaway Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud Diane M. Hathaway, a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, pleaded guilty today to committing bank fraud in connection with a property owned at 15834 Lakeview Court, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Robert D. Foley, III of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. During a hearing this morning before United States District Judge John Corbett O’Meara, Hathaway, 58, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, admitted that (4 comments)
real estate fraud: ANOTHER DIRTY LOAN OFFICER GUILTY OF FRAUD - STOLE VICTIM'S IDENTITIES - 01/29/13 11:22 AM
Former Maryland Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud and Identity Theft ALEXANDRIA, VA—Kenneth H. DiPasquale, 37, of Morgantown, West Virginia, pleaded guilty on January 25, 2013, to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with his role in fraudulent mortgage loan transactions, including the sale of his own home to a buyer whose identity he had stolen and to whom he “sold” the property for a nearly $320,000 profit. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Debra Evans Smith, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s (8 comments)
real estate fraud: DIRTY EX BANK VICE PREZ NETS 10 YEARS FOR HORRIFIC MORTGAGE FRAUD - 01/29/13 09:24 AM
Former Bank Vice President Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud Scheme Loan Fraud Scheme Cripples Community Bank with More Than $10 Million in Losses A former senior vice president and loan officer at Pierce Commercial Bank was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release for a mortgage fraud scheme that resulted in the collapse of the bank, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. Shawn L. Portmann pleaded guilty September 18, 2012, to conspiracy to make false statements in loan applications and to make false (2 comments)
real estate fraud: DIRTY CLOSING ATTORNEY WHO OPERATED MORTGAGE BROKERAGE GUILTY OF FRAUD - 01/29/13 08:32 AM
Attorney Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme PITTSBURGH—An attorney pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wire fraud, filing false income tax returns, and failing to file income tax returns, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. On January 25, 2013, Lisa Gerideau-Williams, 46, of 140 Cherrywood Drive, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to 16 counts before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Gerideau-Williams was an attorney who operated a mortgage broker business called Genesis Home Solutions and two companies specializing in closing real estate (0 comments)
real estate fraud: ANOTHER SENTENCED FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD - OTHERS CHARGED - 01/29/13 08:00 AM
Johnson County Man Sentenced on Bank Fraud Charges KANSAS CITY, KS—A Johnson County man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on bank fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Kevin M. Mahoney, 44, Stilwell, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted he conspired with co-defendant Paul Hartfield and others to make false representations to lenders in order to fraudulently obtain funds from mortgage lenders. Hartfield owned two businesses: Hart Investments Inc. and Diamond Mortgage, both in (2 comments)
real estate fraud: FORMER BANK DIRECTOR CHARGED WITH FRAUD THREATENED TO COMMIT SUICIDE - 01/26/13 02:11 AM
Former Bank Director Charged with Securities and Wire Fraud Defendant Has Been Missing Since Threatening to Commit Suicide in June 2012 A former director of a Georgia bank who managed two private investment funds has been charged by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York with securities fraud and wire fraud. According to court documents, defendant Aubrey Lee Price sent a letter to acquaintances in mid-June 2012 in which he admitted that he had lost a large amount of investor money through trading activities and that he planned to kill himself by jumping from a (8 comments)
real estate fraud: NINE CHARGED IN $10 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME - 01/24/13 11:47 PM
Nine Charged in $10 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme NEWARK—Nine people involved in a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused losses of approximately $10 million were charged in two complaints with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Jose Luis Salguero Bedoya, also known as Jose Salguero, 36, of Elizabeth and Verona, New Jersey; Paul Chemidlin, Jr., 41, of Morganville, New Jersey; Delio Coutinho, 50, of Colonia, New Jersey; Joseph DiValli, 44, of Jackson, New Jersey; Christopher Ju, 26, of East Brunswick, New Jersey; Carmine Fusco, 44, of East Hanover, New Jersey; Jose Martins, 31, of (4 comments)
real estate fraud: TEN CHARGED IN TIMESHARE MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME - 01/24/13 10:06 PM
Ten Charged in Superseding Indictment in Timeshare Mortgage Fraud Scheme CAMDEN, NJ—A federal grand jury for the District of New Jersey, sitting in Camden, has returned a 44-count superseding indictment against six individuals from southern New Jersey and four others for their alleged roles in a $3 million mail and wire fraud conspiracy involving timeshare mortgages, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today. The six indicted defendants from New Jersey are Adam Lacerda, 28, and his wife, Ashley R. Lacerda, 32, of Egg Harbor Township; Ian Resnick, 37, of Absecon; Steven Cox, 48, of Ventnor City; Francis Santore, 52, of (4 comments)
real estate fraud: ANOTHER MORTGAGE BROKER INDICTED FOR FRAUD - MORE THAN $2.5m IN LOSSES - 01/23/13 07:30 AM
Baltimore Man Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme Allegedly Resulting in More Than $2.5 Million in Losses for Fraudulently Obtained Loans BALTIMORE—A federal grand jury indicted Joshua S. Goldberg today on charges of conspiracy to commit and committing wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme in which fraudulent loans were obtained on at least five properties. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Inspector General Steve A. Linick of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector (0 comments)
real estate fraud: NIGERIAN NATIONAL GUILTY OF ATTORNEY COLLECTION SCAM - RE INVOLVED - 01/22/13 01:31 PM
Nigerian National Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Multi-Million-Dollar Attorney Collection Scam The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Nigerian national charged in connection with a multi-national scheme that bilked more than $70 million from U.S. and Canadian lawyers pleaded guilty in federal court today in Harrisburg. According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Emmanuel Ekhator, 42, of Mississauga, Canada, and Benin City, Nigeria, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud before United States Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson. Pursuant to a plea agreement with the government, Ekhator (0 comments)
real estate fraud: TITLE COMPANY OPERATOR & HUSBAND GUILTY OF $7 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD - 01/22/13 12:36 PM
Hilliard Couple Pleads Guilty in $7 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme COLUMBUS—Deborah L. Kistner, 50, and her husband, Mark A. Kistner, 52, both of Hilliard, pleaded guilty three days after their trial started to a $7 million mortgage fraud scheme they carried out between June 2006 and July 2010. Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Darryl Williams, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS); Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and other agencies participating in the mortgage fraud task force announced the guilty pleas entered before (0 comments)
real estate fraud: FORMER BANK PRESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD - 01/22/13 08:03 AM
Former Bank of Oakland President Stephen Henry Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud MEMPHIS—Stephen Henry, 46, of Memphis, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to one count of misapplication of bank funds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 656, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. Henry was serving as president and CEO of Oakland Deposit Bank, which was owned by his family. According to information revealed during his plea hearing, Oakland Bank had made numerous loans to Stephen Sims, a local real estate investor. In late 2007, many of these loans were delinquent. In an effort to keep the loans from (2 comments)
real estate fraud: MAN GUILTY OF SETTING FIRE TO HOME OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY - 01/22/13 07:35 AM
Joliet Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire in 2007 to Home of Neighboring African-American Family CHICAGO—A Joliet man is facing an agreed maximum 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty today to a federal civil rights crime for setting fire to the home of an African-American family on his street in 2007. The defendant, Brian James Moudry, admitted that at approximately 4 a.m. on June 17, 2007, he carried a can containing gasoline to the home, splashed the gasoline on the residence, and ignited it. No one was injured, although the home was occupied by eight children and an adult (0 comments)
DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed a fraud charge against Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, just a few days before she leaves the state's highest court in a scandal involving the sale of a Detroit-area home and suspicious steps taken to conceal property in Florida. The charge was filed Friday as a criminal "information," which means a guilty plea is expected in federal court. Defense attorney Steve Fishman declined to comment Saturday. Hathaway is resigning Monday, months after a series of questionable real estate transactions first were revealed by (2 comments)
real estate fraud: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER CHARGED IN $2 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME - 01/16/13 10:37 AM
Brooklyn Real Estate Developer Charged in $2 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Brooklyn-based real estate developer Schelton Assoumou was arrested today on charges of bank fraud and wire fraud for his participation in a multi-year mortgage fraud scheme. The defendant’s initial appearance is scheduled this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy at the U.S. Courthouse at 225 Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn, New York. The charges were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Cary Rubenstein, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Inspector (4 comments)
real estate fraud: 11 INDICTED FOR ALLEGED ROLES TO CONTROL HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION - 01/16/13 10:28 AM
Eleven Defendants Indicted for Alleged Roles in Scheme to Fraudulently Control Homeowners’ Association in Las Vegas WASHINGTON—A federal grand jury in Nevada today returned an indictment against 11 individuals for their alleged roles in a scheme to fraudulently take control of homeowners’ associations in the Las Vegas area. The indictment was announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge William C. Woerner of the Las Vegas Field Office, Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and Richard Weber, Chief of IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). The (0 comments)
real estate fraud: SWINDLER NETS 21 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR $2.2 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD - 01/15/13 01:54 PM
Montgomery County Man Sentenced to Prison in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy Submitted Fraudulent Applications to Obtain Loans Totaling Over $2.2 Million GREENBELT, MD—U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Dennis O. Edwards, age 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, today to 21 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a scheme in which he submitted fraudulent loan applications to obtain over $2.241 million to purchase or refinance homes. Judge Messitte also ordered Edwards to pay restitution of $625,000. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of (0 comments)
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