Archives For Florida

Rashmi Airan-Pace, 42, Miami, Florida, an escrow agent, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire, mail, and bank fraud, for her role in facilitating the inclusion of material misrepresentations in closing documents, including the HUD-1 settlement statements.

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Marie Lucie Tondreau, a/k/a Lucie Tondreau, 54, former North Miami Mayor, was convicted by federal jury after a 12 day trial for her recruitment of straw buyers and other conduct in an $8,000,000 mortgage fraud scheme.

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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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Mae Rabuffo, 75, New York, Raymond E. “Ray” Olivier, 53, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, and Curtis Allen Davis, 52, Tampa, Florida, the final three individuals involved in the $49.6 million Hampton Springs, North Carolina, mortgage fraud scheme, have been sentenced. Continue Reading…

Stephen J. Cormier, 42, Nokomis, Florida, the sole owner of a title insurance company, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew to three years and five months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud. As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $4.7 million, the proceeds of the fraudulent scheme.

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Michael “Sean” Davis, 43, Crestview, Florida, has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with nine felony counts for allegedly orchestrating short sales from Bank of America by causing the submission of false documents in real estate closings.

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Christopher Wayne White, 44, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pled guilty in three separate fraud cases before U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas involving escrow fraud, making false statements to a lender in connection with the purchase of a luxury home as well as false statements on his naturalization application.

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Jeffrey Charles Leroy Taylor, 40, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers football player, pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and mail fraud for his role in a scheme to bilk thousands of homeowners who were struggling to make their mortgage payments. .

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Christopher Wayne White, 43, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been charged with three counts of wire fraud for his alleged role in receiving almost $600,000 from three clients, but then refusing to return the escrow deposits. If convicted, White faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, five years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Continue Reading…