Archives For Loan App. Misreps

Enrique Hernandez, 34, Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud in connection with a scheme to inflate purchase prices and share kickbacks with his conspirators.The properties purchased in the scheme were subsequently allowed to fall into foreclosure.

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Sharon Lynn Shaw, 67, San Jose, California, pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud and theft by bank officer. Shaw admitted that she used the names, Social Security numbers, and other personal information belonging to her parents, without their knowledge or authorization, to create false and fraudulent loan applications which she submitted to her employer Wells Fargo Bank.

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Nadia Kuzmenko, 35, Loomis, California, Peter Kuzmenko, 36, Sacramento, California, Edward Shevtsov, 51, Sacramento, and Aaron New, 39, Sacramento, were found guilty by a federal jury of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud associated with their involvement in a straw buyer mortgage fraud scheme that cost financial institutions approximately $16 million.

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Meili Lin, AKA Ally Lin, and Jyh-Chau Horng, AKA Henry Horng, were arraigned on charges of tax and mortgage fraud for allegedly filing false tax returns and submitting mortgage applications to federally insured lenders that contained materially false information.

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Joshua Clymer, 28, San Francisco, California, was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a loan origination and property flipping mortgage fraud scheme.  Continue Reading…

James Fidel Sotolongo, 49, Port Orange, Florida, Stephanie Musselwhite, 52, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Christopher Mencis, 53, Longwood, Florida, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey for their respective roles in a mortgage fraud scheme wherein they ripped off $9.3M from JP Morgan Chase, $1.6M from Wells Fargo and $1.5M from Bank of America.

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Joseph Brogan, 41, St. Louis, Missouri, pled guilty to multiple fraud charges related to a scheme involving applications for home loans.

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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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Leonard E. Williams, 52, Sacramento, California, was sentenced to over seven years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and two counts of money laundering, in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb stated that one factor he used in imposing the sentence was Williams’ outburst in front of the jury during trial.

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Christopher Wayne White, 44, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a real estate broker was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas to 41 months in prison, three years supervised release and ordered to pay $4,029,892, in restitution to victims in three separate fraud cases.

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