Johnny Gutierrez, 50, Stafford, Virginia, a former loan officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States pleaded guilty in federal court for accepting more than $78,000 in bribes in return for recommending the approval of unqualified loan applications to the bank, among other misconduct.
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Mario Coniglione, 51, Staten Island, New York, was sentenced by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr. to seven years in a New Jersey state prison for stealing more than $187,000 from a pair of homeowners over a 33 month period.
Ronald Benjamin, 49, Los Angeles, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel to serve 14 months in federal prison for wire fraud and aiding and abetting in providing materially false information to lenders to procure loans.
Kenneth Manuel Martin, 66, formerly of Modesto, California, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in connection with a Guatemalan real estate scheme wherein he told investors that their money would be used to fund loans and would be secured by promissory notes recorded against the property.
Jeffery Allen Gardner, 61, Hopkins, Minnesota, and Stuart Alan Voigt, 66, Apple Valley, Minnesota, have been indicted and charged with conspiring to defraud individuals and financial institutions, bank fraud and making a false statement in a loan application.
Abbe Edelman, 51, Livingston, New Jersey, was sentenced to 135 months in prison for running a real estate investment scheme that bilked victims out of more than $5 million.
Ivan Levy, 54, Boynton Beach, Florida, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in an advance fee loan scheme. Levy was charged with nine counts of collecting advanced fees as a loan broker, six counts of grand theft and three counts of petit theft.
Brett C. Lillemoe, 45, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pablo Calderon, 59, Darien, Connecticut, and Sarah Zirbes, 39, Minneapolis, were charged by a federal grand jury with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering offenses related to a multi-million-dollar scheme to defraud banks.
Five defendants have been sentenced for their roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy involving down payment fraud in the Eastern District of Texas.
Andrew Mangini and First Solutions Inc., d/b/a Credit One, are the subjects of an administrative complaint alleging that they illegally assessed advance fees for loans. As part of the administrative complaint, a $700,000 fine has been sought as well as a notice of intent to issue a cease and desist order.