Susanne Helbig, 50, Roanoke, Virginia, the former majority owner of a construction company who recruited a number of strawbuyers to defraud financial institutions of millions of dollars through an intricate mortgage fraud conspiracy, was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg.

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Justin Joseph Christenson, 35, Forest Lake, Minnesota, admitted conspiring with Thomas Rosensteel, Robert Scott “Rod” Aslesen, and at least four others to defraud mortgage lenders by falsifying loan applications and related documents. Continue Reading…

Danny Zhao, 36, Ashburn, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud admitting his role in a short sale mortgage fraud scheme.

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Asm Afsary, 42, Stamford, Connecticut, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to defraud financial institutions through an extensive mortgage fraud scheme that involved more than 20 properties in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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MetLife Home Loans LLC has agreed to pay $123.5 million to resolve accusations that its MetLife Bank unit violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages that did not meet applicable requirements.

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James Currey, 55, Orlando, Florida, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a telemarketing scam wherein the defendant targeted timeshare owners and falsely promised a buyer for their properties in exchange for a fee.

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Justin T. Brough, 39, North Las Vegas, Nevada, a former senior vice president of Bank of America, Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to misapplication of bank funds in a scheme that led to over $6.4 million in losses on two loans.

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Enrique Hernandez, 34, Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud in connection with a scheme to inflate purchase prices and share kickbacks with his conspirators.The properties purchased in the scheme were subsequently allowed to fall into foreclosure.

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Karen Hanover, 48, Seal Beach, California, was sentenced to 35 months in federal prison for operating a $1.4 million fraud scheme that bilked clients who paid money in response to false promises of ownership in commercial real estate.

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Ray Jan Kornfeld, 59, Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 5 years in prison for his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme.

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