Franklin Thad Harris, 59, and Merlin D. Unruh, 53, both of Grand Junction, Colorado, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello to serve 36 months and 28 months in federal prison, respectively, for money laundering.
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MetLife Home Loans LLC has agreed to pay $123.5 million to resolve accusations that its MetLife Bank unit violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages that did not meet applicable requirements.
Intermundo Media, LLC, using the name Delta Prime Refinance, an Internet-based operation that finds potential borrowers for mortgage refinancing lenders, will pay a $500,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it deceived borrowers with false claims that they could refinance their mortgages for free.
Chaval Williams, 53, Centennial, Colorado, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 74 months in federal prison for wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering federal authorities for devising a scheme to defraud real estate lenders, particularly by fraudulently securing real estate financing for the purchase of properties, typically through the use of nominee home buyers.
Six family members are the subjects of a Colorado statewide grand jury 37-count indictment for using their status in the real estate industry to perpetrate a fraud-for-profit mortgage fraud scheme. The family is accused of manipulating straw buyers to buy and sell properties destined for foreclosure.
Franklin Thad Harris, 58, and Merlin D. Unruh, 53, both of Grand Junction, Colorado, pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello to money laundering for submitting false and fraudulent expense documentation, primarily false invoices, which represented various types of construction work that, in fact, had not been completed.
The Castle Law Group, its principals and affiliated foreclosure-related businesses, as well as Aronowitz & Mecklenburg, its principals and affiliated foreclosure-related businesses, are the subjects of civil law enforcement actions for allegedly charging fraudulent and inflated costs for the posting of two statutorily-mandated notices on the homes of borrowers facing foreclosure.
Matthew Sysum, 44, Fort Collins, Colorado, who was convicted of running a mortgage fraud scheme, was sentenced in Weld County District Court to five years in prison.
Roger K. Howard, 51, Englewood, Colorado, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to serve 108 months in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering.
Jana DeWitt and Kenneth Westfall, licensed real estate agents operating in Colorado Springs, Colorado, have paid the United States $93,500 in civil penalties to settle allegations that they engaged in deceptive conduct that violated the Financial Institutions Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIREEA).