Jerry Haymon, 44, Gary, Indiana; Sheila Chandler, 51, Schererville, Indiana; Philip Rucker, 39, Gary, Indiana; and Jacquelyn Drago Hunter, 60, Merrillville, Indiana, have been charged, via grand jury indictment, with four counts of wire fraud. Drago Hunter was also charged with two counts of identity theft.
The indictment alleges that Haymon, a real estate consultant, Chandler, a loan processor for a licensed mortgage loan broker, Drago Hunter, a title agent responsible for preparing HUD-1 settlement statements, and Rucker, who recruited individuals to purchase real estate in Gary, Indiana on behalf of Haymon, defrauded lenders and others by providing false information on loan applications and HUD-1 settlement statements. The two counts of identity theft against Drago Hunter allege that she, or someone under her control, used the names of 2 individuals on a fake HUD-1 settlement statement.
These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the Indiana State Police. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.