Hometown Lenders, LLC, NMLS No. 65084, Huntsville, Alabama, and its owners, William E. Taylor, Jr., William E. Taylor, Sr. and Byron Heath Quick entered into a consent order with the Georgia Department of Banking & Finance to resolve allegations that they employed two felons and transacted business with an unlicensed mortgage processing company.
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Ronnie Singleton, 41, Lithonia, Georgia, a business owner who held himself out to be an investor and loan broker was sentenced to 27 months in prison for his role in defrauding investors of more than $800,000.
Kenneth J. Enrico, 47, Bohemia, New York, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for posing as a mortgage broker to defraud over 300 borrowers nationwide out of $1.2 million in application fees for loans that he could not close.
Michael T. Rand, 52, Alpharetta, Georgia, was convicted of obstruction of justice, among other crimes, by a federal jury after a two week trial. Trial evidence showed that after being notified of the federal grand jury’s investigation of Beazer Homes USA, Inc. in March 2007, Rand deleted nearly 6,000 emails, obstructing the grand jury investigation then focused on the separate investigation into mortgage fraud at Beazer.
Craig A. Howell, 53, Sylvester, Georgia, was sentenced to serve 12 months in federal prison for making false statements to a federally insured financial institution by acting as a straw borrower.
Thomas W. Dickson, 53, Boulder, Colorado, has been sentenced for stealing over $300,000 from his law firm’s clients. The defendant was retained by Tenants in Common and after encouraging them to deposit rental proceeds into his trust account, he transferred the funds to his persona checking account
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.
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.
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).