Archives For Georgia

Regina M. Preetorius, 47, Augusta, Georgia was sentenced to 280 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall for her role in a multi-million-dollar investor fraud scheme.

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Mohamed Hanif Omar, a Georgia real estate investor, pleaded guilty to his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia. The defendant made and received payoffs and diverted money to co-conspirators that would have gone to mortgage holders and others by holding second, private auctions open only to members of the conspiracy.

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Herschell Harvell, Jr., 53, Conyers, Georgia, made his initial appearance in federal court on charges of making false statements to a bank to obtain a mortgage loan and conspiring to obstruct an investigation into his real estate transactions by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG).

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Amy James, a Georgia real estate investor, pleaded guilty for her role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia.

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Edmund Chatham, Roswell, Georgia, and Steven Connelly, Alpharetta, Georgia, have been indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury and charged with one count of Racketeering (O.C.G.A. §16-14-4(a)) for their role in a scheme using senior citizens to fraudulently obtain payouts from mortgage lenders for reverse mortgages.

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Penguin Properties LLC and its owner, Seth D. Lynn, a Georgia real estate investor, pleaded guilty for their role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia.

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Thomas Dickson, 52, Atlanta, Georgia, has pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 50 clients out of funds that were deposited into his law firm’s trust account.

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Amy B. Williams, 48, Buford, Georgia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges arising out of a scheme to defraud First Coweta Bank.

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Sidney L. Hall, 63, Atlanta, Georgia, and formerly of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge, W. Louis Sands to 48 months in prison.

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Gary Patton Hall, Jr., 47, Tifton, Georgia, entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud before the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Senior United States District Judge in Macon, Georgia.

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