Six people, including a lawyer, real estate agent and funeral home director, have been charged with conspiring to steal a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home from an elderly widow after she passed away.

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Marie Mikesche Bontigao, 43, West Chester, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment for her alleged role in a fraud scheme wherein she solicited individuals to invest in her real estate projects but, instead of investing the lenders’ money in real estate, the funds were used to operate her business and pay personal expenses

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Cherron Marie Phillips, a/k/a River Tali, 43, Chicago, Illinois, ended after two years of federal prosecution with Phillips being sentenced to a seven year prison term for knowingly filing false liens against the property of a dozen current and former federal employees in retaliation for their involvement in the investigation and prosecution of her brother, Devon Phillips.

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Darrell Beatty, 49, Queens, New York, has been charged with illegally transferring the deed of an elderly woman’s home into his own name and then moving into the house.

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Robert Moreno, San Diego, California, a banker who sold mortgages on behalf of GMAC, admitted receiving more than one million dollars in bribe payments while working on behalf of GMAC. In return, Moreno used his position and influence to ensure that his customers won their bids to purchase mortgage notes.

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Israel Hechter, 47, San Diego, California, the owner of San Diego-based mortgage investment firms Ocean 18, LLC, and Note Tracker Corporation, admitted in federal court that he paid $1 million in bribes to bank insiders at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, GMAC Mortgage, LLC, and National City Bank.  Three other defendants also pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy.

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Grant McCollough, 38, Kearney, Nebraska, a real estate investor and owner of Tycoon Investments, and his wife, Marisa McCollough, 36, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud mortgage lenders and impede the Internal Revenue Service.

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Susan C. Kevra-Shiner, 46, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, was indicted and charged with seven counts of mail fraud relating to an abstract and title insurance company she owned in Avoca, Pennsylvania, GK Abstract Co., Inc.  Despite losing an agency agreement with Stewart Title Guaranty CompanyKevra-Shiner allegedly continued to issue numerous title insurance policies. 

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Matthew R. Shurts, 42, Beloit, Kansas, pleaded guilty to defrauding a bank for misrepresenting the extent of his collateral.

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Barry J. Graham, 59, Ft. Lauderdale, was charged by superseding information with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371, in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme involving the sale of vacation rental units to approximately 1,400 investors in the Florida Keys and elsewhere. Continue Reading…