Archives For Florida

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…

A fraud alert has been issued for all property owners of Miami-Dade County, Florida.  Taxpayers are being targeted via a fraudulent letter, which claims that property owners can receive “a 5% discount property tax relief” if they have a running Home Equity Line of Credit.

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Lawrence Foster, 49, Miami Beach, Florida, the President of Paradise is Mine, was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to commit wire fraud and seven counts of wire fraud, and Johana Leon, 38, Miami Beach, a corporate officer of Paradise is Mine, was found guilty of three counts of structuring currency transactions, for their roles in soliciting funds from investors promising that Paradise is Mine owned land and would use investor funds to develop the island of Rum Cay in the Bahamas, but instead used the money for personal use.

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Bell Holdings, Inc., and Bimija Limited Partnership, are the subjects of Administrative Complaints issued by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation charging each company with unlicensed mortgage lending activity.

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Guillermo Rincon, 36, Miami, Florida, and Enrique Hernandez, 34, Tampa, Florida, have been indicted and charged with one count of mortgage fraud conspiracy involving mail and bank fraud, and other related substantive charges, for allegedly inflating purchase prices and sharing the proceeds amongst the conspirators.

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Barry J. Graham, 59, Ft. Lauderdale, was charged by superseding information with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371, in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme involving the sale of vacation rental units to approximately 1,400 investors in the Florida Keys and elsewhere. Continue Reading…

Domenico “Dom” Rabuffo, 78, Miami, Florida, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge K. Michael Moore for his role as a leader and organizer of a $49.6 million bank fraud and wire scheme, perpetrated from approximately 2003 through 2008.

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Jason Vitulano, 39, Boca Raton, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1349 and 1341, admitting his role as ringleader of a loan modification scheme.

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