Karen Galo, 33, Key West, Florida, pleaded guilty to unlawfully disclosing a federal grand jury subpoena to a third party with the intent to obstruct a judicial proceeding. Galo faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison.
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Reggie Walton, 29, and four other defendants who allegedly participated in a scheme to abuse the Indianapolis Land Bank program for their own benefit have been arrested.
Samuel Ray Palasota, 52, Houston, Texas, has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of a 24-count indictment alleging he operated a fraudulent real estate investment scheme and defrauded a woman of $650,000.
Christian Hidalgo, Chula Vista, California, was sentenced to 57 months of custody by District Court Judge William Q. Hayes for a mortgage loan-modification scheme that cheated over 120 people out of over $670,000, and resulted in the loss of many homes to foreclosure.
Daniel Monteiro, 34, Wolcott, Connecticut, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering stemming from a mortgage fraud scheme.
James Kalpakis, 52, Old Westbury, New York, a disbarred attorney has been indicted on multiple felonies for stealing more than $4 million from multiple individuals and banks he was representing in real estate deals, including his own wife.
Safieh Fard, 52, Escondido, Calif., was sentenced to 63 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney. Fard was also ordered to pay $594,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for unpaid individual income taxes.
Robert M. Brannon, Laurel, Mississippi, and his son, Jason R. Brannon, Mobile, Alabama, both real estate investors, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile, for their participation in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in southern Alabama.
Bonnie M. Gardner, 55, Apollo, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of mail and wire fraud conspiracy.
Klary Arcentales, 44, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, was indicted for her role in a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses.