Based on incident reports, Florida’s Mortgage Fraud Index ranked first in the nation for loans investigated in 2013. Florida’s reported fraud rate, 529, is over five times the expected rate of fraud for the state, based on its origination volume. It is over five times that of California for investigated loans.

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Steven Alan Standridge, 58, Mount Ida, Arkansas was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and victim restitution totaling $7,096,417.35 for his role in obtaining loans using false and fraudulent information.

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Alex Schleider, 49, Lakewood, New Jersey, man was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for his part in a real estate investment fraud scheme that defrauded real estate investors of more than $1 million by persuading them to fund the purported purchase of an apartment complex, Belle Glade Gardens.

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Emma Adel, 45, and Mazen Fazah, 39, both of Rancho Cucamonga, California, were recently arrested for stealing title to a home and then selling it for profit.

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Mark Avalos, 49, St. Peters, Missouri,pled guilty to bank fraud charges relating to his work as the Controller for The Mortgage Store, Inc. in 2008.

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Gilbert G. Lundstrom, 72, Lincoln, Nebraska, the former Chief Executive Officer of TierOne Bank, a publicly traded commercial bank formerly headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, was charged for his role in a scheme to defraud TierOne’s shareholders and mislead regulators by concealing the declining value of its loan and real estate portfolio.

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Barry J. Graham, 59, and Ricky Lynn Stokes, 54, both of Ft. Myers, Florida, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow in Key West.  The charges stem from the defendants’ participation in a $300 million Ponzi scheme involving the sale of vacation rental units to approximately 1,400 investors in the Florida Keys and elsewhere.

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Jason Vitulano, 39, Boca Raton, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to 132 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for  operating boiler rooms that collected advance fees from distressed homeowners purportedly in exchange for obtaining loan modifications for the homeowners.

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Craig S. On, 62, Berkeley, California, pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Make a Materially False and Misleading Statement to an Accountant. On admitted that he did not inform auditors about approximately $67 million in potential losses from the sale of loans held by the bank.

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Martin E. Schmidt, Jr., 57, Beecher, Illinois, and Donna M. Barber, 53, also of Beecher, have pleaded guilty to federal charges for fraudulently creating false reports that made it appear that the bank’s loan portfolio was in better shape than it actually was.

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