Woman Admits Mortgage Fraud / ID Theft Charges

Allison Tussey —  June 20, 2011 — Leave a comment

Annita Hawes, a/a “KME,” Los Angeles, California, plead guilty to an Indictment charging her with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and identity theft.

Hawes admitted her involvement in a multi-jurisdictional mortgage fraud scheme with ties to Florida, Georgia, and California. Hawes‘ entered into a contract to purchase a residence in Santa Rosa Beach for just over $1.2 million. To purchase the home, Hawes obtained a first mortgage for $990,000 and a second mortgage line of credit for $123,750 from U.S. Bank N.A. In the loan applications, Hawes used a false name, a fraudulent date of birth, and a fraudulent social security number. After the closing of the loans and following a series of financial transactions, approximately $172,400 was deposited into a business bank account that Hawes opened using an alias. Hawes faces a maximum of thirty years in prison for the conspiracy and bank fraud charges and a maximum of five years in prison for the identity theft charge.

As to Count One (conspiracy to commit bank fraud), the defendant faces up to thirty (30) years imprisonment, a maximum possible fine of up to $1,000,000, a five (5) year term of supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.

As to Count Two (bank fraud), the defendant faces up to thirty years imprisonment, a maximum possible fine of up to $1,000,000, a five (5) year term of supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.

As to Count Three (identity theft, a lesser included offense of aggravated identity theft), the defendant faces up to five years imprisonment, a maximum possible fine of up to $250,000, a two (2) year term of supervised release, and a $100 special monetary assessment.

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