Archives For Mortgage Fraud

Following a three and a half week jury trial in Albany, Georgia, Elbert Walker, Jr. a/k/a “Shula”, Cairo, Georgia, was convicted of conspiracy to commit arson and mail, wire, bank and bankruptcy fraud and false declarations to a court as well as several firearms offenses.  Darryl Burk, Cairo, Georgia, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.  Shirley Burk, Cairo, Georgia, was convicted of conspiracy to commit arson, mail fraud and false declarations to a court.  The jury deliberated just over one day before returning the verdicts.  Senior United States District Court Judge W. Louis Sands presided over the trial.  Continue Reading…

Ryan Costo, 40, Roseville, California, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison for bank fraud in a scheme to defraud lenders.

According to court documents, Costo overstated his income and financial assets in connection with a $1.35 million loan from Bank of America related to the acquisition of a classic aircraft. Costo not only made false statements about his income and various bank and stock account balances on the loan application, but also caused various false and fraudulent account statements and tax returns to be given to the Bank of America in order to procure the loan. Costo made various false representations and submitted false documents to obtain three other loans: a $1.95 million loan from CitiMortgage Inc. related to a Granite Bay, California residence; a $3 million loan from Washington Mutual Bank, now Chase, related to another Granite Bay, California residence, and a $267,000 loan from San Diego Private Bank. Costo pleaded guilty to bank fraud on October 3, 2013.

United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Costo.  The case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Shelley D. Weger prosecuted the case.

Jerrold Fowler, 31, was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $3,786,815 and to forfeit $7,413,712 and Thursa Raetz, 40, Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $3,099,224 and to forfeit $7,413,712.  Both recruited participants into a multi-year, multi-property mortgage fraud scheme in Roxbury and Dorchester, Massachusetts.    Continue Reading…

Easton man busted in mortgage fraud scheme

A 64-year-old Easton man – using 13 different alias names – has been arrested in what federal officials call a long-running fraud scheme that targeted dozens of distressed homeowners.

Timothy W. Burke was arrested Thursday for a using a scheme he allegedly created to defraud individuals, mortgage lenders and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by falsely representing to homeowners who were in, or facing, foreclosure on their homes that he would purchase their homes and pay off their mortgages.

In believing what “Tim Burke,” “William Burke,” “Bill Burke,” “Jeff Burke,” “Kerry Saunders,” “Pat Riley,” “Jim Caldwell,” “Jim Saunders,” “Tom Morrisey,” “Jimmy,” “Phil Burke,” “Phil,” or “Burt” said, many homeowners ultimately lost their houses because Timothy W. Burke (his real name) never paid off the mortgages or negotiated with the lenders, federal officials said.

Former Pittsburgh cop pleads guilty to role in mortgage fraud scheme

A former Pittsburgh policeman honored last year for his proactive policing on the North Side admitted in federal court Monday to his role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving a defunct South Hills company whose president is awaiting trial.

Santino Achille, who resigned from the force Nov. 5, waived indictment before U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose and pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud conspiracy in submitting loan applications that he knew contained false information.

Mr. Achille was involved in a scheme with Century III Home Equity, owned by James Nassida, who was charged last year with bank and wire fraud along with his top loan officer, Robert Denne.

Brian Kandefer, 37, San Diego, California, was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $1.4 million dollars in restitution after his guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering.

According to documents in the case, K2 Capital Management Inc. did business as US Mortgage Bailout and with physical offices located in La Jolla, California.  Brian Kandefer was a 50% owner of K2 Capital Management Inc. dba US Mortgage Bailout and dba  Continue Reading…

Jaime Olaya Marroquin, a/k/a Jaime Olaya, 53, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for arranging a fraudulent short sale of a 10-acre residential property in Southwest Ranches, Florida. Marroquin previously pled guilty to one count of bank fraud.  As part of his plea agreement, Olaya agreed to forfeit the 10-acre property involved in the transaction.

According to court documents, in 2005, Olaya purchased a 10-acre residential property in Southwest Ranches, Florida. In 2008, he quitclaimed ½ of the property to AJZ Investments (AJZ), a company he controlled. To avoid having to continue making payments on the $1.6 million mortgage debt, Olaya submitted a request to the bank for a short sale on the property while intentionally excluding the portion of the property he quitclaimed to AJZ. Continue Reading…

Dahianara Moran, 40, Methuen, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for to participating in a conspiracy to defraud banks and mortgage companies by engaging in sham “short” sales of residential properties in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts.

Moran conspired with others – including a Methuen loan officer and a Haverhill real estate agent who were not identified in the charging document – to defraud various banks via bogus short sales of homes in Haverhill, MassachusettsLawrence, Massachusetts, and Methuen, Massachusetts. Continue Reading…

Solomon Gordon Raymond, also known as Paul Anthony Raymond, 54, Golden Valley, Minnesota, was sentenced to 57 months in custody for lying to banks on a series of business loan applications he used to take almost $500,000.

In addition to punishing Raymond for his fraudulent crimes, U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez increased Raymond’s sentence for the lies he told during testimony at his May 2015 trial. During the hearing, Judge Benitez described the defendant as “one of the worst con men I have ever seen.” Raymond was taken into custody at today’s sentencing hearing to immediately begin serving his sentence. Continue Reading…

Edward Khalfin, 58, San Mateo, California was found guilty by a federal jury of 12 counts of mail fraud and 11 counts of making false statements on loan applications. Robin Dimiceli, 53, Brentwood, California was found guilty by a federal jury of six counts of mail fraud and six counts of making false statements on loan applications.  The convictions arise out of a builder bailout scheme that provided financial incentives to straw buyers to get them to purchase homes that developers were having difficulty selling

According to court documents, from August 2006 through May 2008, two brothers, Volodymyr Dubinsky, 56, formerly of Folsom, California, and Leonid Doubinski, 50, formerly of Copperopolis, California, built, developed, and sold real estate in Carmichael, California, Sacramento, California, and Copperopolis, California. As the real estate market declined, the brothers recruited family members, employees, and associates with good credit to act as straw buyers for residential properties. The Dubinsky brothers have not been apprehended and are fugitives thought to be residing in Ukraine. Continue Reading…