Ohio Woman Appeals Her Mortgage Fraud Sentence

admin —  January 20, 2009 — 8 Comments

Renita Burke, Euclid Heights, Ohio, along with 11 other defendants, were indicted in a multi-count indictment stemming from their involvement in a mortgage-fraud scheme. As previously reported by Mortgage Fraud Blog, Burke was charged with six counts: (1) theft by deception, (2) securing a writing by deception, (3) receiving stolen property, (4) identity fraud, (5) tampering with records, and (6) falsification. Under a plea agreement, Burke pled guilty to an amended count of aggravated theft, a felony of the fifth degree, and all other counts of the indictment were dismissed. The trial court accepted her plea and later sentenced her to 11 months in prison and ordered her to pay court costs.

Burke appealed her sentence raising the following single assignment of error: Defendant’s sentence of 11 months for a first-time offender was inconsistent with similar sentences imposed for similar offenses upon co-defendants and other felony 5 offenders and constituted a manifest injustice. Finding no merit to the appeal, the appellate court affirmed Burke‘s sentence.

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8 responses to Ohio Woman Appeals Her Mortgage Fraud Sentence

  1. They actually should hire appraisers as consultants to assist their units in developing the cases. But as Steve said they also need people on the ground to do the work. Two of my good friends are FBI agents in Southern Ohio and they cover about a 75 mile radius and unfortunately have to spend time on bank robberies, murders, etc. However, the most successful bank robbers have been the mortgage fraud participants.

  2. Instead of Obama trying to fix the economy by spending billions hiring illegals to repave roads to no where, our nation would be better served if thousands of law enforcement jobs were created and filled with legal Americans who could then focus on eradicating these fraudsters that did so much harm to our financial system. Of course Obama would also need to draft an executive order ending the FBI’s discriminatory policy of not hiring agents over the age of 35.

  3. Gary Crabtree, SRA January 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I have reported a case of “massive” mortgage fraud to the Kern County, California District Attorney. His reply “I don’t see any victims in this case”. – a definite “Darwin” award nominee. The same case has been under investigation by the FBI for 778 days now with no inditements. Their excuse, the case does not have a “high” priority.

  4. I took a case over 4 years ago to our local prosecutor that I had worked on for several months and the assistants were all over it wanting to pursue until the ELECTED prosecutor found about it and said that he knew the people involved and did not think that they would do anything wrong.

  5. Now that prosecutors are being educated about mtg. fraud and the courts know how to handle it, these sentences are being handed down easier. Over the course of time, prosecutors and judges have become more educated and put together stronger packages that can stick.

  6. Then they should go ahead and try her on all the counts and hopefully she will get a new and longer sentence. The problem of mortgage fraud is rampant and still exists throughout the country. When they start going to jail it may slow it down.

  7. Not only is she whining about her sentence relative to other defendants, but she cut a deal and should have known going in what was in store for her. Generally, defendants who plea bargain have very few appeal options when they make deal. Maybe the other defendants cut a better deal!

  8. This tool of a woman filed appeal, not because she contends she was mistakenly found guilty, but filed an appeal because she didn’t like the sentence she was ordered to serve??? Are you kiddingt me? This bimbo “shouldn’t have done the crime if she didn’t want to do the time!”

    As far as I’m concerned, she should have been ordered to serve 11 years instead of 11 measly months!

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