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Two in Chicago Arrested and Charged in Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Two Defendants Arrested and Charged in Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving Federal Undercover Investigation
CHICAGO—A West suburban man and a Chicago woman were arrested on federal charges for allegedly engaging in a bank fraud scheme purporting to involve the fraudulent sale of two two-flat apartment buildings in Chicago, federal law enforcement officials announced today. The charges followed a federal undercover investigation of fraudulent mortgage loan transactions.
George Dravilas, 36, of Medinah, and Bridget Hutcherson, 40, of Chicago, were each charged with bank fraud in a criminal complaint filed yesterday and unsealed following their arrests yesterday. Hutcherson was released on her own recognizance, while Dravilas remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing at 3:00 p.m. Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez in U.S. District Court.
According to the complaint affidavit by an agent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General, a cooperating individual (CI-1) who was arrested in January 2013 identified Dravilas as someone he had worked with to conduct fraudulent mortgage transactions. The FBI initiated an undercover investigation in which CI-1 posed as a mortgage broker who was engaged in fraud and was seeking assistance in structuring fraudulent mortgage loan transactions. Two additional ... more
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