Evelyn Brigget Sanchez, 32, and Darling Arlette Montalvo, 33, both of Bakersfield, California, were convicted by a federal jury for their involvement in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme that ran from October 2005 to May 2007.
Minerva Sanchez, 48, Fremont, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Sanchez admitted that she advised a seller to submit false and fraudulent short-sale applications to Tri Counties Bank and Freddie Mac.
Su Chu Chou “Terry” Cheng, Walnut Creek, California, and Chung Li “George” Cheng, Walnut Creek, both Northern California real estate investors, have agreed to plead guilty for their role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California.
Malgorzata Karas-Golka, also known as “Margaret,” 46, Newington, Connecticut, and Carmelinda Marotta, also known as “Linda,” 45, Manchester, Connecticut, who were involved in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme have pleaded guilty in federal court.
Daniel Lee Rosales, 21, Killeen, TX, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing money from U.S. Army soldiers though a fraudulent loan scam.
A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned three multi-count indictments against eleven real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California.
Patrice Hairston, 52, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Bonnie Rose, 54, Jonesboro, Georgia, Sarah Hyldahl, 32, Marietta, Georgia, and Ronnika Allen, 30, Powder Springs, Georgia, have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders of over $2 million in mortgage loans.
Melvin Russell “Rusty” Shields, 45, Granite Falls, North Carolina, and Michael Sims, 60, Gilroy, California, the founders of the S3 Partners, were sentenced to prison for investment fraud and fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars from banks by submitting forged and fraudulent invoices and loan closing documents.
Christopher Burhans, 65, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to 37 months’ imprisonment, two years’ supervised release and $1,658,205 in restitution for his role in falsely representing to investors that their money would be solely used to make loans for the purchase of real estate.
John Struna, 52, Concord Township, Ohio, pleaded guilty to defrauding Taupa Lithuanian Credit Union. The defendant received $112,105 from a bank co-conspirator for the purchase of a condominium located in Ft. Myers, Florida, but at no time did Struna submit any credit applications or loan documents.