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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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.
Michael T. Hardman has been convicted in an investment fraud scheme. Hardman was found guilty of two counts of grand theft for defrauding more than 30 Floridians in a fraudulent promissory note scheme.
Erik Sobkiewicz, 51, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of bank fraud for his role in multiple real estate schemes involving, among other things, misrepresentation of collateral, lien position and forgery.
Ronald Hutchison Jr., 52, Hopewell Junction, New York, a former corrections officer, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for his role in a down payment mortgage fraud scheme arising from the purchases of more than 50 properties in New Haven, Connecticut.
Yeon Han, 53, McLean, Virginia, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for her participation in mortgage fraud and tax fraud conspiracies. Han was also ordered to pay $1,022,143.95 in restitution to the victims of her crimes.
Karl Oreste, 56, Miramar, Florida, was sentenced to 100 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $8,215,197.28 in restitution for his recruitment of straw buyers and other conduct in an $8,000,000 mortgage fraud scheme.
Timothy McCabe, 50, and Theresa Morales, 50, formerly of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, to bank fraud.
Steven J. Moorhouse, 62, Sandwich, Illinois, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to a charge of making a false statement to a financial institution. Moorhouse admitted providing a lender with false documents concerning his business assets.