Archives For Kickbacks

Brandon Bolger, 40, Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire, mail and bank fraud for failing to disclose to purchasers’ mortgage lenders material facts about the financing of the sale of condominium units.

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Luis Michael Mendez, 44, and Wilkie Perez, 39, both of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to participating in a mortgage fraud scheme involving the sale of condominium units to straw buyers in the Miami area.

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Armando Granillo, 45, Huntington Beach, California, a former sales associate with the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for taking kickbacks from a real estate broker who sold properties on behalf of the mortgage agency.

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Gregory D. Anderson, 47, Kingstree, South Carolina, was sentenced to 15 years prison, and his co-defendant Anthony C. Carrothers, 49, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced to 10 months, for their involvement in a mortgage fraud conspiracy wherein straw buyers were recruited to purchase homes with inflated values in exchange for kickbacks.

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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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