Archives For Florida

Pedro “Pete” Benevides, 45, Astatula, Florida, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Gregory J. Presnell to nine years in federal prison for his role in obtaining 20 fraudulent commercial and residential loans and lines of credit from several federally insured financial institutions totaling approximately $44,059,565.

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Six individuals were indicted for participating in a mortgage fraud conspiracy involving alleged misrepresentations to the banks including fictitious verifications of false and fraudulent employment and bank deposit information set forth on loan applications.  Continue Reading…


Rashmi Airan-Pace, South Miami, Florida, was granted a disciplinary revocation, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately, following a February 27, 2015 court order. Continue Reading…

Ivan Levy, 54, Boynton Beach, Florida, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in an advance fee loan scheme. Levy was charged with nine counts of collecting advanced fees as a loan broker, six counts of grand theft and three counts of petit theft.

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Barry J. Graham, 59, and Ricky Lynn Stokes, 54, both of Ft. Myers, Florida, were sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for promising to develop dilapidated properties into luxury resorts as well as an upfront leaseback payment at the time of closing, but failed to disclose the leaseback payment and other financial inducements to the borrowers, on paperwork submitted to lenders.

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Joseph Pasquale, 38, Worcester, MA, has been charged with with one count of mortgage fraud conspiracy involving bank fraud and two counts of bank fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment for each count.

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Marie Lucie Tondreau, a/k/a Lucie Tondreau, 54, North Miami, Florida, the former North Miami Mayor, was sentenced by United States District Judge Robert N. Scola for her participation in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

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Lana Dargai, Estero, Florida, former title agent has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $705,000 in client funds intended for real estate transactions. As a result of her fraudulent actions, the underwriter for the funds was forced to cover the losses.

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Andrew Mangini and First Solutions Inc., d/b/a Credit One, are the subjects of an administrative complaint alleging that they illegally assessed advance fees for loans. As part of the administrative complaint, a $700,000 fine has been sought as well as a notice of intent to issue a cease and desist order.

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Hencorp Becstone Capital L.C., Miami, Florida, has agreed to pay $3.8 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it made false statements and claims to the Export-Import Bank of the United States in order to obtain loan guarantees.  Continue Reading…