3 Charged in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

admin —  July 23, 2010 — 8 Comments

Derrick Reuben Smith, Michael Gipson, and Trina Tahir, Oklahoma residents, have been indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in connection with fraudulent mortgages.

According to the indictment, Smith recruited two individuals to buy two new homes in Edmond, Oklahoma in mid-2006 and early 2007 for $425,000 and $435,000 respectively. The builder of both homes agreed that Tahir’s real estate brokerage, T&T Realty, would receive large commissions and bonuses totaling $51,950 and $77,950 respectively. The indictment alleges that after the closings, Tahir caused T&T Realty to write checks to Gipson, an agent at T&T Realty, for $27,059.86 and $58,000 respectively. Gipson then bought cashier’s checks in those same amounts payable to “MP Services,” a business that Smith operated. Smith paid $20,000 to the person who served as the buyer of the first house and used the rest of the money for his own purposes. In short, the defendants are charged with inducing lenders to fund mortgages based on inflated real estate prices and misrepresenting the distribution of excessive loan proceeds to Smith as commissions and bonuses paid to Tahir.

The indictment also charges Gipson and Tahir with fraudulently misrepresenting the source of funds used as a down payment on a house that Gipson bought in Midwest City, Oklahoma and charges Tahir with fraudulently disguising the payment of $9,295.52 to a buyer of a house in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as a real estate bonus.

The four wire fraud counts are based on interstate wires from lenders to fund the purchases of the four properties. In addition to the conspiracy count and the four wire-fraud counts, the indictment includes nine counts of money laundering. In each of these, one of the defendants is charged with engaging in a financial transaction designed to conceal and disguise the nature, source, and ownership of the proceeds of the mortgages.

On each of the conspiracy and wire fraud counts, each defendant faces a potential penalty of twenty years in prison and a fine of $250,000. With respect to each of the money laundering counts, each defendant faces a potential penalty of twenty years in prison and a fine of $500,000 or twice the amount of the laundered proceeds. Under federal law, each defendant would be required to pay restitution to victims. Furthermore, the indictment seeks forfeiture from each of the defendants in the amount of the proceeds of the fraudulent schemes and in the amount of the property involved in the money laundering offenses.

The announcement was made by Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

These charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott E. Williams and Chris M. Stephens.

Reference is made to the Indictment and other public filings for further information. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innnocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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8 responses to 3 Charged in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

  1. She need life. Her and the whole family. Cousins aunts nephews grandchildren. I been to her house. Pure luxury. She need a death sentence. By the way, I was scammed from a rent house.

  2. LA TOSHA DAVIS April 21, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Trina Tahir pled guilty she has not been sentenced yet but hopefully she goes to jail!!!!

  3. That is the one high-quality obsession concerning the FEDS, extremely a small number of obtain absent, Trina will might countenance heavy fine AND prison occasion, too they can take away any possessions that was purchase by means of the money

  4. THAT IS THE ONE GOOD THING ABOUT THE FEDS, VERY FEW GET AWAY, TRINA WILL COULD FACE HEFTY FINES AND JAIL TIME, ALSO THEY CAN CONFISCATE ANY PROPERTY THAT WAS PURCHASED WITH THE FUNDS. SHE AINT GONE GET AWAY, BECUASE KARMA WILL GET HER

  5. I was informed she was arraigned last Thursday and released on a $10000.00 bond. How would the courts set such a loww bond for someone who has scammed people for far more. Released her to continue scamming people and spend the monies of those she has left homeless. I will be there Thursday, here bond she be revoked and she should not be allowed out until she has been brought to justice her and her daughters.

  6. Renee I will be at the arraingment on Thursday at 2pm, I am also contacting the US ATTORNEYS that are handling the cases to see if my moms case can shed any light to this situation if I were you I would do the same, also I have phone numbers of 4 other people that she defrauded and I am contacting them as well maybe they can get some relief

  7. Will there be an investigation of Lending Leaders the mortgage broker office that Trina Tahir’s daughter owned and operated with other family members? The scammed hundreds of people in fraudlent loans. They made over $7000.00 off of my loan and I had to foreclose due to not being able to make the escalated payments. Trina Tahir sold me the house her daughter financed it that should be fraud as well. She deserves whatever she gets and more.

  8. FINALLY SOME JUSTICE TRINA TAHIR DEFRAUDED MY PARENTS, EDRENA AND PETER BANKS, SERVES HER RIGHT NOW THEY NEED TO INDICT HER CHILDREN FOR THE ROLES THEY PLAYED ALSO

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