Ignacio Huergo, 44, Miami, Florida, was sentenced to 2 years’ probation, with six months to be served on home confinement, for his conviction for concealing massive financial institution fraud.  Huergo was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $736,254.25 to M&T Bank.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who is handling the case, stated that Huergo worked for the companies of Frank Garcia, Federal Guaranty Mortgage Company (FGMC) and Guaranty Realty and Investment (GRI) as a bookkeeper and tax preparer between 2006 and 2008.  During that time, Huergo became aware of the business practices of Garcia, and knew that Garcia used him and another person as straw buyers as part of this vast mortgage fraud scheme.  The defendant also knew that Garcia manipulated financial statements that Huergo drafted, which were sent to financial institutions, indicating that FGMC had a minimum net worth of over $1,000,000.  Knowing about the fraud and the two ways it was perpetrated, Huergo failed to notify the authorities of Garcia’s fraud, resulting in a $24 million dollar loss to various financial institutions.  One such institution, M & T Bank, was defrauded out of approximately $4.4 million.

Garcia previously pleaded guilty to his part in this $24 million financial institution fraud scheme.  Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on August 24, 2015.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge, Brian P. Boetig.

Ayman Shahid, 39, Danville, California, pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland, California to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.  Shahid is the most recent and highest placed individual charged by the Northern District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office as a result of a wide-ranging investigation by the FBI into mortgage fraud in connection with the sale of homes by Discovery Sales, Inc. (DSI), and its affiliates.

Shahid, was the president of DSI, which was the sales arm of affiliated residential construction companies, including Discovery Home Builders and Albert D. Seeno Construction Co.  According to Shahid’s plea agreement, DSI was created to sell new homes built by Discovery Builders, Inc. (“DBI”), Albert D. Seeno Construction Co., Inc. (“AD Seeno”), and other entities affiliated with Albert Seeno III and the Seeno family.  The homes were built in developments throughout the East Bay Area of California, including in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Continue Reading…

Timothy G. Griffin, the lawyer accused of embezzling nearly $2 million from United Hebrew Cemetery, has been disbarred.

Source: Cemetery-scam lawyer disbarred | SILive.com

Former Wilmington Trust president pleads not guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges

Former Wilmington Trust president Robert Harra Jr. was ordered released on bail Thursday after pleading not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges stemming from an ongoing federal investigation into the collapse of the century-old financial institution.

Harra, 66, said little during his initial court appearance, only acknowledging that he understood the charges and maximum penalties he faces as outlined to him by U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke.

Real Estate Fraud: Victims of Ignacio Beato Fraud Seek Help

Dozens of residents in Hazleton are seeking for help after being scammed by a real estate agent who was at the same time their community leader. They all bought their houses from Ignacio Beato, who turned out to be selling homes with fraudulent deeds.

The Greater Hazleton Real Estate Association says there are about 50 complaints against Beato, a licensed real estate agent.

Sharrock denied shortened prison sentence

A federal judge has rejected David R. Sharrock’s request to overturn or shorten his 135-month sentence for mortgage fraud, concealment of property and fraudulent transfer in a bankruptcy.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent issued a ruling saying he believes testimony given during a July 28 hearing in Cleveland where Sharrock’s attorney, James McDonnell, told the court the 73-year-old inmate never asked him to file an appeal after he plea no contest in September 2013.

Rosita Vilchez, 39, a fugitive in Lima, Peru, until she was extradited to the United States in June 2015, pled guilty to leading a wide-ranging mortgage fraud conspiracy that targeted hundreds of victims in the northern Virginia Hispanic community. The mortgage fraud scheme, which operated between August 2005 and August 2007, generated nearly $7.4 million in fraudulent proceeds and caused losses of more than $15 million to lenders, most of which were federally insured. Continue Reading…

Petaluma man drops bid to avoid paying debt in mortgage fraud case

Trial delayed for former land developer accused in investment scheme

Defense attorneys for a former local real estate developer were granted a continuance Wednesday in Solano County Superior Court over a scheduling conflict.

Attorneys in the case of Richard D. Lamphere were ordered back to court Sept. 1 when a new trial date will be selected. A trial could possibly be set for March 2016, according to courtroom discussions.

A Norwell, Massachusetts based mortgage broker, one of its loan originators, and an outside insurance agent have been sued by the Massachusetts Attorney General for sales tactics that convinced elderly homeowners to apply for reverse mortgages and invest their proceeds in risky financial products, including variable annuities

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