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Thomas G. France, 44, Strongsville, Ohio, a real estate agent, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for his role in a $3.3 million mortgage fraud scheme involving six properties in Medina, Ohio.

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Eloise Blackmon, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Upon release, Blackmon was also sentenced to supervised release for a period of two years. The scheme involved the purchase and sale of up to 25 properties. The defendant and her co-conspirators submitted false and fraudulent documents to lenders in order to qualify the borrowers for loans.

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Mark Henry Tkac, 49, Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III to a 42-month term of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, and pay $1,612,612.94 in restitution for running a straw buyer scam.  The defendant used his expertise in real estate to exploit mortgage lenders.

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George Dravilas, 36, Medinah, Illinois, and Bridget Hutcherson, 40, Chicago, Illinois, were arrested on federal charges for allegedly engaging in a bank fraud scheme purporting to involve the fraudulent sale of two two-flat apartment buildings in Chicago. The charges followed a investigation of fraudulent mortgage loan transactions wherein an undercover agent posed as a mortgage broker who was engaged in fraud and was seeking assistance in structuring fraudulent mortgage loan transactions.

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Terrence Matthew Brown, also known as Terry Brown, 48, Round Rock, Texas, formerly of Wichita, Kansas, was convicted in federal court of his role in a $2.7 million mortgage fraud scheme wherein he lied to lenders about his income, his employment, his assets and liabilities, and his intent to occupy the properties.

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Nsane Phanuel Ligate, 42, Ashburn, Virginia, a real estate agent, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage scheme involving the purchase of two properties located on North Patterson Park Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. Co-defendant Cane Mwihava, 43, Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the same offense.

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Seven individuals have been indicted in the Southern District of Florida for their alleged participation in a mortgage fraud scheme in the Miami, Florida area.

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Simon H. Aouad, 35, Garnet Valley, Pennsylgania, was sentenced to 70 months in prison and restitution of $5,462,682 for a mortgage fraud scheme involving fraudulently obtained mortgages to purchase properties in North Wildwood, New Jersey, and Dorchester, Masschusetts, and a bank fraud scheme involving fraudulently obtained lines of credit at Wachovia Bank, now Wells Fargo Bank.

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Trina Tahir, 58, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to twenty-four months in federal prison and ordered to pay $382,290.82 in restitution for her role in obtaining fraudulent mortgage loans.

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David Lewis Johnson, Jr., Cary, North Carolina, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III to a 96 month term of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release, on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Mail, Wire, and Bank Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.

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