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Edward Khalfin, 58, San Mateo, California was found guilty by a federal jury of 12 counts of mail fraud and 11 counts of making false statements on loan applications. Robin Dimiceli, 53, Brentwood, California was found guilty by a federal jury of six counts of mail fraud and six counts of making false statements on loan applications.  The convictions arise out of a builder bailout scheme that provided financial incentives to straw buyers to get them to purchase homes that developers were having difficulty selling

According to court documents, from August 2006 through May 2008, two brothers, Volodymyr Dubinsky, 56, formerly of Folsom, California, and Leonid Doubinski, 50, formerly of Copperopolis, California, built, developed, and sold real estate in Carmichael, California, Sacramento, California, and Copperopolis, California. As the real estate market declined, the brothers recruited family members, employees, and associates with good credit to act as straw buyers for residential properties. The Dubinsky brothers have not been apprehended and are fugitives thought to be residing in Ukraine. Continue Reading…

“You can have whole neighborhoods that are economic wipeouts. Who did it really help? The builder. He got his sale.”

Richard Hagar, national expert on mortgage fraud, explaining the effect of builder bailouts to The Dallas Morning News

Paul Wagner, 59, Las Vegas, Nevada, a homebuilder has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $4.4 million in restitution for selling houses at inflated prices in order to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans.

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Seven people were charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme involving the purchase of at least 23 homes.

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Fredric M. Diantonio, 40, Wildwood, New Jersey; Louis V. Catarro, 60, Runnemede, New Jersey; Kathryn W. Lockwood, 43, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey; and Thomas E. Morello, 55, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, were taken into custody for their alleged roles in a $15 million mortgage fraud scheme.

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Five people have been arrested by Federal authorities for their alleged involvement in a builder bailout real estate scheme that fraudulently purchased more than 100 condominium units around the country with mortgages that mostly went into default, resulting in foreclosures and millions of dollars in losses.

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