Archives For Kickbacks

Alberic Okou Agodio, 30, Bethesda, Maryland, was indicted on charges arising from a mortgage fraud scheme in which he used the names of immigrants and students, along with false financial information, to obtain approximately $3.8 million in home mortgage loans to buy approximately three dozen row houses in Baltimore, Maryland, all of which are in default or foreclosure.

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Five defendants were sentenced in January 2015, for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme involving straw buyers, kickbacks and bank bribery. Of the 91 individuals charged in Operation Wax House, eighty-nine defendants have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted following trial. The two remaining defendants are international fugitives.

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Guillermo Rincon, 36, Miami, Florida, and Enrique Hernandez, 34, Tampa, Florida, have been indicted and charged with one count of mortgage fraud conspiracy involving mail and bank fraud, and other related substantive charges, for allegedly inflating purchase prices and sharing the proceeds amongst the conspirators.

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Grant McCollough, 38, Kearney, Nebraska, a real estate investor and owner of Tycoon Investments, and his wife, Marisa McCollough, 36, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud mortgage lenders and impede the Internal Revenue Service.

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Chaval Williams, 53, Centennial, Colorado, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 74 months in federal prison for wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering federal authorities for devising a scheme to defraud real estate lenders, particularly by fraudulently securing real estate financing for the purchase of properties, typically through the use of nominee home buyers.

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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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