Brenda Wood, 45, Leavenworth, Kansas, a business owner, has been indicted on federal bank fraud charges for allegedly forging the signature of a second mortgage holder thereby releasing a deed, inflating purchase prices to ensure loan-to-value requirements and submitting false documents to banks.
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Chaka Fattah Jr., 31, Philadelphia, has been indicted and charged for his alleged role in a scheme to defraud banks and the Internal Revenue Service of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Xue Heu, 37, Modesto, California, was arrested following an indictment charging him with wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent real estate investment scheme wherein he gave investors fraudulent documents, such as forged grant deeds, fraudulent HUD-1 settlement statements, and portfolio listings of properties he claimed he intended to purchase, including properties that had already been sold and were no longer available to purchase.
Alan J. Dornhuber, 64, Las Vegas, Nevada, a fugitive, has been arrested in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on a warrant for various felony theft and fraud charges for his operation of mortgage fraud in Las Vegas.
15 states filed lawsuits on mortgage scam operations in coordination with the joint federal-state sweep by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. The lawsuits target scam operations that prey on delinquent homeowners or those facing foreclosure.
Donald Keith Goff, 66, Laguna Niguel, California, has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a series of fraud schemes that include one in which he worked with his criminal defense attorney to fraudulently apply for millions of dollars of loans using a straw buyer.
Duy Khac Nguyen, 34, Garden Grove, California, is scheduled to be arraigned for defrauding 42 victims of over $92,000 by operating a fraudulent loan modification company.
Ajay Thuraisingham, 27, Ontario, Canada, and co-defendant Christopher Duharte, 36, Coconut Creek, Florida, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to 54 months in prison, and to 30 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in operating boiler rooms that collected advance fees from distressed homeowners purportedly in exchange for obtaining loan modifications for the homeowners which were, with few exceptions, never provided.
Mark Edward Shelton, 45, Las Vegas, Nevada, was indicted by a Clark County Grand Jury for loan fraud on June 24, 2014.
Rhonda Scott, 52, Oxon Hill, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with two separate mortgage fraud schemes which resulted in losses of over $2.5 million. Niesha Williams, 34, Fort Washington, Maryland, was sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with one of the mortgage fraud schemes.