Archives For False Documents

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.

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Pedro “Pete” Benevides, 44, Astatula, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison for his role in obtaining 20 commercial and residential loans based on false information and documents.

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Cherron Marie Phillips, who also goes by the name of River Tali Bey, 43, Chicago, Illinois, was convicted by a federal jury after two days of testimony and found guilty of knowingly filing false  liens – each in the amount of $100 billion – against the property of current and former federal employees.

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Linda Sue Newcomb, 62, Madison Heights, Virginia, former manager of the Lynrocten Federal Credit Union, Lynchburg, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with embezzlement, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges for allegedly originating fictitious loans, then selling those loans to credit union partners.

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Mokorya Cosmas Wambura, 41, Takoma Park, Maryland, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow to five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from two separate residential mortgage fraud schemes.

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David E. Robert, 42, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced on June 12, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to six months in federal prison, a $1,000 fine, and two years of supervised release for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme wherein he used a falsified tax documents to obtain a first and second mortgage.

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Rosa Fernandez, 38, Camarillo, California, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Kronstadt to 97 months in federal prison for her involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme. Fernandez defrauded banks by falsifying loan applications and using bogus tax letters to vouch for borrowers.

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Ifeanyichukwu Eric Abakporo, 52, a Nigerian citizen, now a resident of Queens, New York, and a pastor at a Bible Church, has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a real estate fraud scheme wherein he swindled a multi-million dollar property from an elderly woman.

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Paxton Jeffrey Anderson, 40, and Joseph John Plany, 39, have been convicted after a 12-day trial of 25 counts and 22 counts, respectively, of bank fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for their participation in a mortgage fraud scheme.

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Eloise Blackmon, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Upon release, Blackmon was also sentenced to supervised release for a period of two years. The scheme involved the purchase and sale of up to 25 properties. The defendant and her co-conspirators submitted false and fraudulent documents to lenders in order to qualify the borrowers for loans.

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