Seven defendants (3 individuals and 4 companies) have been indicted for a mortgage fraud scheme involving over 5.8 million dollars in fraudulent loans for 78 houses in the Slavic Village area, Ohio, of which 89% (69 houses) fell into mortgage foreclosure, tax foreclosure, or tax delinquency.
Mark Kellogg, 38, Fairview Park, Ohio, fraudulently acted as the mortgage broker and was the deal-maker who engaged others to buy and sell houses for profit. His girlfriend, Beverly Cody, 41, Fairview Park, Ohio, assisted Kellogg as a buyer and seller and took money for falsely claiming to work on the houses while doing business as Cody’s Cleaning Service. Antoinece Boyd, aka Robin Boyd, 38, Cleveland, Ohio, prepared false tax and loan documents at the request of Kellogg.
Mark Kellogg and Beverly Cody were indicted on 73 counts including, Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (RICO), Theft by Deception, Securing Writings by Deception, Forgery, Uttering, Telecommunications Fraud, Receiving Stolen Property, Falsification, Tampering with Government Records, Conspiracy to Commit RICO and Money Laundering. Antoinece Boyd was indicted on 51 counts of similar charges.
Multiple charges were filed against two companies operated by Kellogg: RJM Home Development, Investors LLP was indicted on 19 counts and Tennessee Thoroughbred Construction was indicted on 27 counts. Charges were filed against Boyd‘s company: Boyd Business Management Company, LLC was indicted on 51 counts. Charges were also filed against the mortgage broker: Empire Equity Group Inc. dba 1st Metropolitan Mortgage Company was indicted on 60 counts.
A collaborative effort among law enforcement agencies was responsible for forming the task force that is combating the rampant mortgage fraud happening in Cuyahoga County.
Task force members are: Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Heights Police Department, Solon Police Department, Cleveland Police Department, Pepper Pike Police Department, HUD, Cuyahoga County Auditor, Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office, Cuyahoga County Treasurer, Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Financial Invest, F.B.I., U.S. Attorney’s Office, and U.S. Postal Inspector.