Larry D. Wills, 50, Kansas City, Missouri, pled guilty to tax and wire fraud and money laundering. He claimed personal income tax refunds to which he was not entitled and filed fraudulent corporate tax returns for his business, WB Enterprises, a real estate development firm. Wills also pleaded guilty to working with Ida Mathis to defraud New Century Mortgage by submitting false documents with a $472,500 loan application connected to property at 100 W. Bannister Road, Kansas City, Missouri.
Ida Mathis, 52, Kansas City, Missouri, and Wills were charged with wire fraud and money laundering as part of a fraudulent mortgage transaction.
Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Mathis and Wills, aiding and abetting one another, defrauded New Century Mortgage by submitting false documents with a $472,500 loan application in connection with the property located at 100 W. Bannister Rd., Kansas City, Missouri.
According to the indictment, Mathis represented to New Century Mortgage that she was employed by WB Enterprises, of which Wills is the sole owner and employee, and that her salary was $116,100 in 2000. Mathis allegedly included a fraudulent W-2 form, several fraudulent pay stubs from WB Enterprises and a fraudulent income tax return with the loan application.
Mathis also included a Contract for Deed signed by Mathis as the purchaser and herself as the seller of the property at 100 W. Bannister Rd., Kansas City, Missouri which indicated a sale price of $630,000 payable in monthly payments of $4,485. Mathis allegedly included in the loan application a letter from an accountant and a verification form signed by Mathis, both fraudulently claiming that she had been making substantial monthly payments on the residence. Mathis included in the loan application a payoff letter purported to be signed by Wills, which included a payoff amount of $460,631.
The indictment alleges that, on August 14, 2001, Mathis and Wills caused a wire transfer in the amount of $478,383 to be transmitted from New Century Mortgageâ€™s bank account in Minnesota to Chicago Title Insurance Companyâ€™s bank account in Kansas City, Missouri.
Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that, on August 21, 2001, Mathis and Wills, aiding and abetting one another, engaged in a monetary transaction involving criminally-derived property. According to the indictment, Mathis and Wills caused the transfer of funds in the amount of $352,000 â€“ derived from the wire fraud alleged in Count One â€“ from Chicago Title Companyâ€˜s bank account in Kansas City, Missouri to Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.â€™s bank account in Los Angeles, California.