Man Admits Lying to Lender About his Income to Obtain Refinance

Allison Tussey —  May 13, 2014 — 2 Comments
Henry Fecker, III, 60, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum to a superseding information charging him with one count of bank fraud. Fecker admitted that he obtained a $1.5 million bank loan in the form of a cash-out refinance by representing in his loan application that he earned a monthly salary of $102,083.

Sentencing for Fecker is scheduled for July 18, 2014 before Judge Rosenbaum.

According to the superseding information, Fecker was the listed owner of Camden Consulting, Inc., a shell company used by the principals of Mutual Benefits Corporation (MBC) to receive proceeds from a massive Ponzi scheme from approximately 1994 through 2004.

According to court documents, in 2006, Fecker obtained a $1.5 million bank loan from Washington Mutual Bank in the form of a cash-out refinance of a waterfront vacation house in Camden, Maine. The vacation house had been purchased with funds derived from MBC. Fecker and his accomplice, Steven Steiner, a/k/a Steven Steinger, received $487,801.15 as proceeds from the bank loan.

According to his plea agreement, Fecker acknowledged that he and Steiner held the funds in the form of ten separate certified bank checks and cashed them periodically between 2008 and 2011. Fecker acknowledged that this was done to conceal the funds from judgment creditors, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fecker used the funds to support a lavish lifestyle and to pay bills for Fecker, Steiner, and Steiner’s brother, Joel Steinger, in the years after MBC shut down.

Fecker made material false statements on the loan application under penalty of perjury, including by claiming a monthly salary of $102,083, and that he had been the President of Camden Consulting for 11 years. Fecker also provided a false residence and business address to make the claim of employment appear legitimate. In truth, Camden Consulting was never a real company, had no real business, and Fecker had not had any employment since approximately 1996 when he worked at MBC.

In an earlier case, United States v. Henry Fecker, III and Steven Steiner, No. 11-20578-KMW, in February 2013, Steiner and Fecker were defendants in a four-week trial before U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams, for money laundering and obstruction of justice. Steiner was convicted of 31 counts and Fecker was acquitted of all counts.

And, in earlier proceedings, Joel Steinger and Steven Steiner pleaded guilty to charges in this case, No. 12-20123-RSR, and a separate case related to the MBC fraud, No. 08-21158-CR-RNS.

Wifredo Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announced the guilty plea.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jerrob Duffy, Dwayne E. Williams and Alison Lehr.

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2 responses to Man Admits Lying to Lender About his Income to Obtain Refinance

  1. The “bank” at the time of this was probably in the business of doing “stated” aka “liar” loans. WAMU had very loose guidelines, as did their sister company “Long Beach Mortgage”. The information probably obtained by the lender was an “accepted” documentation at the time, the infamous “Accountant letter” stating that Camden was a legitimate business… If that is what happened, the Accountant is the one that needs to be “indicted” as well. I am sure he/she did more than this one “letter”.

  2. Of course, the bank didn’t investigate the applications because they weren’t going to keep it anyway. The bank should be indicted along with the applicant.

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