Ricky L. Hamilton, 52, Grandview, Missouri, pled guilty to a scheme involving a Kansas City, Missouri, City Councilwoman Saundra McFadden-Weaver. Hamilton was among three co-defendants indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy and wire fraud for their role in a scheme to engage in mortgage fraud.
As previously reported by Mortgage Fraud Blog, Saundra A. McFadden-Weaver, 47, Emanuel M. Kind, 51, both of Kansas City, Missouri, and Hamilton were charged in a seven-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. McFadden-Weaver was a member of the Kansas City Council. Hamilton was a mortgage broker at Trinity Mortgage.
The indictment alleges that McFadden-Weaver, Kind and Hamilton participated in a conspiracy to defraud mortgage lenders. The co-defendants agreed that McFadden-Weaver would obtain a loan to purchase a home at 301 S.E. Hackamore, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where Kind would reside and pay the mortgage and other expenses. McFadden-Weaver sought to obtain loans in excess of the listed sale price of the property in order to use the excess funds to rehabilitate a property at 2518 Benton Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri.
Hamilton agreed to broker the loan for McFadden-Weaver knowing that she did not intend to live in the Lee’s Summit residence and would have no responsibility for the property.
As part of the conspiracy, co-conspirators prepared material false and fraudulent and misleading loan applications and documents in support of the loan applications, which were submitted to MILA, a mortgage lending company with its principal office in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. MILA approved the loans, based upon that false information, including Settlement Statements, Occupancy Declarations, and other supporting documents.