Archives For Flipping

Five defendants have been sentenced for their roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy perpetrated in the Eastern District of Texas involving illegal property flipping, falsification of documents, including HUD-1 Settlement Statements, down payment fraud, and loan application misrepresentations.

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Anatoliy Azarov, 33, Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty to mail fraud for a mortgage fraud scheme involving 24 residential properties. The defendant and his co-conspirator convinced investors to purchase their inventory of properties at inflated prices and used the excess funds as working capital to continue their business. Continue Reading…

Jason Springer, an attorney, and Rick Makohoniuk, a real estate agent, were both convicted of bank fraud after an eight-day jury trial. Springer was convicted of seven counts of bank fraud, and Makohoniuk was convicted of one count of bank fraud, in connection with a short sale/property flipping scheme.

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Joshua Clymer, 28, San Francisco, California, was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a loan origination and property flipping mortgage fraud scheme.  Continue Reading…

Three former Permian Basin business owners and a title company executive were sentenced for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme that involved approximately 800 real estate properties and about $45 million in loans.

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Sixteen people have been charged for operating a fraudulent telemarketing scheme that involved losses of over $20 million to more 290 victims in 46 states and Canada, including Michigan.

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Robert Timothy Koger, 48, formerly of Oakton, Virginia, the president of an international brokerage firm, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for conducting a wide-ranging set of fraud schemes involving the sale of several properties. Koger located legitimate buyers at fair market price, then he recruited straw buyers with whom he arranged the sale for considerably less than the legitimate buyers in exchange for a kickback when the straw sold the property to the legitimate buyer.

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Nathan Smith, Patrick Steven, Jason Springer, Rick Makohoniuk, and Jerod Hogan, have each been indicted and charged with bank fraud based on their participation in an alleged fraudulent property flipping scheme in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Sofia Atias, 44, Great Neck, New York, Joseph Atias, 50, Great Neck, Nicholas A. Pellegrini, 51, Garden City, New York, and Paula Berckhoff, 34, Garden City, have been charged with bank fraud and conspiracy for allegedly defrauding Bank of America of over half a million dollars by avoiding foreclosure on a home through a fraudulent short sale of the property to a straw buyer.

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Joseph Daniele, 42, Tampa, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich to 10 years and 1 month in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Daniele illegally flipped approximately 80 homes across Florida using a “no money down” scam.

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