Gregory D. Anderson, 47, Kingstree, South Carolina, was sentenced to 15 years prison, and his co-defendant Anthony C. Carrothers, 49, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced to 10 months, for their involvement in a mortgage fraud conspiracy wherein straw buyers were recruited to purchase homes with inflated values in exchange for kickbacks.
Jonathan Lee Oliver, 41, Missoula, Montana, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for diverting construction funds he received from investors in eastern Montana and North Dakota, and using the money for himself.
Leonard E. Williams, 52, Sacramento, California, was found guilty after a six–day trial in a mortgage fraud case of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. The trial was held before United States District Judge William B. Shubb.
David Pizio, 58, Jamesville, New York, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The defendant is facing a statutory maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000,000.00.
Alan J. Dornhuber, 64, Las Vegas, Nevada, a fugitive, has been arrested in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on a warrant for various felony theft and fraud charges for his operation of mortgage fraud in Las Vegas.
15 states filed lawsuits on mortgage scam operations in coordination with the joint federal-state sweep by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. The lawsuits target scam operations that prey on delinquent homeowners or those facing foreclosure.
Ronald L. Roberts, 54, Town and Country, Missouri, pled guilty to charges of mail and wire fraud in connection with his obtaining more than a million dollars from lenders in what he now admits was a loan fraud scheme.
Jeffrey Witt, 39, St. Charles, Missouri, pled guilty to three (3) federal felony charges: falsifying documents to obtain a bank loan secured by a St. Louis County, Missouri, home, which did not actually belong to him, using an associate to impersonate the true home owner at the bank loan closing, and cashing legal client settlement checks without their knowledge.
Charles Espinel, 61, and Jeannette Espinel, 58, Daly City, California, a former 32 year FBI employee and his wife, pleaded guilty in federal court to Bank Fraud charges for their roles in securing mortgages based on fraudulent loan applications.
Demetrius Peete, 46, Manassas, Virginia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to a year and a day in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, which resulted in losses attributable to Peete of approximately $1.5 million.