Archives For Georgia

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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