Victoria l. Sprouse, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced on April 15, 2014, for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving the use of false mortgage applications and HUD-1 Settlement Statements.

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Julius Williams, 43, McKinney, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a combination foreclosure rescue, grow house and drug distribution scheme in the Eastern District of Texas…

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Anna S. Lee, 54, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and her daughter, Jennifer H. Lee, 25, New York City, New York, were arrested on Monday, April 14, 2014, in connection with an alleged real estate loan scam wherein the defendants fraudulently obtained over $300,000 in payments from victims for loan modifications services.

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The Homeowner Legal Assistance Association (HLAA), a Florida corporation, has allegedly misled hundreds of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure in Hawaii by a loan modification program operated by HLAA for approximately 17 months in 2009 and 2010.

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Douglas L. Swenson, 65, Eagle, Idaho, Mark Ellison, 65, Boise, Idaho, David D. Swenson, 36, Boise, and Jeremy S. Swenson, 41, Meridian, Idaho—each DBSI principals, were convicted by a federal jury on multiple fraud charges stemming from their public representation that DBSI was a profitable company when they knew that DBSI’s real estate business activities were universally unprofitable.

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Steve Kessedjian, 51, Los Angeles, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 21 months in prison for stealing refinance funds intended to pay off debts, which forced the borrowers into bankruptcy…

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William D. “Butch” Dickson, 58, Jackson, Mississippi, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 8, 2014, on six counts of bankruptcy fraud, six counts of bank fraud, and five counts of wire fraud for relocated his businesses to Panama and Costa Rica and instructing his customers to submit their monthly mortgage payments to addresses in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Miami, Florida.

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Kenneth Schwartz, 64, Huntington, New York, and Helene Stetch, 50, Lindenhurst, New York, have been charged by a Queens County grand jury with defrauding homeowners, financial institution and real estate buyers out of more than $1 million through a short sale mortgage fraud scheme that occurred over a nineteen-month period between October 2008 and May 2010.

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Loretta Seneca, 51, Boynton Beach, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford, Connecticut, to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for her role in a real estate investment scheme.

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More than $1.6 million in restitution has been secured for victims of mortgage fraud-related crimes and offered important tips to help Michigan consumers avoid becoming victims of foreclosure rescue scams.

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