Diane Glatfelter, 48, Billerica, Massachusetts, was sentenced for wire fraud charges in connection with a bogus bank guaranty program. Glatfelter defrauded a real estate businessman who was seeking funding for a development project. Glatfelter promised to secure a $20 million loan, but required him to pay $125,000 in up-front fees.

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Rashmi Airan-Pace, 42, Miami, Florida, an escrow agent, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire, mail, and bank fraud, for her role in facilitating the inclusion of material misrepresentations in closing documents, including the HUD-1 settlement statements.

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Douglas Green, 50, Boca Raton, Florida, a former collateralized mortgage obligation bond trader was sentenced to 30 months in prison for engaging in a fraudulent trading scheme in which he manipulated the prices of CMOs by millions of dollars over a period of four years.

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Marie Lucie Tondreau, a/k/a Lucie Tondreau, 54, former North Miami Mayor, was convicted by federal jury after a 12 day trial for her recruitment of straw buyers and other conduct in an $8,000,000 mortgage fraud scheme.

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Andrew Constantinou, 58, Unionville, Connecticut, a former loan officer at GMAC Mortgage and Countrywide Home Loans, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme arising from the purchases of more than 40 properties in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Abbe Edelman, 50, Livingston, New Jersey, admitted his role in a real estate investment scheme that bilked victims out of more than $5 million. Edelman falsely claimed that he had long-standing relationships with banks that provided him unique access to purchase foreclosed properties below market prices and could guarantee an easy resale and profit for investors.

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Jarrod Beddingfield, 38, Waxhaw, North Carolina, a former online mortgage broker employee, and Steve Rosene, 43, Newport Beach, California, Beddingfield‘s California-based mortgage broker conspirator, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. for their roles involving computer theft of mortgage leads from a nation-wide online mortgage broker. Continue Reading…

Charles A. Bennett, 56, Manhattan, New York, was arrested on securities and wire fraud charges stemming from his scheme to defraud over 30 investors of more than $5 million through a Ponzi scheme that he perpetrated for more than five years.

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Based on incident reports, Florida’s Mortgage Fraud Index ranked first in the nation for loans investigated in 2013. Florida’s reported fraud rate, 529, is over five times the expected rate of fraud for the state, based on its origination volume. It is over five times that of California for investigated loans.

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Steven Alan Standridge, 58, Mount Ida, Arkansas was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and victim restitution totaling $7,096,417.35 for his role in obtaining loans using false and fraudulent information.

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