Archives For Loan App. Misreps

Charles Espinel, 61, and Jeannette Espinel, 58, Daly City, California, a former 32 year FBI employee and his wife, pleaded guilty in federal court to Bank Fraud charges for their roles in securing mortgages based on fraudulent loan applications.

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Karl Oreste, 56, Miramar, Florida, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.  The defendant and his co-conspirators operated a multi-million dollar straw buyer mortgage fraud scheme.

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Pedro “Pete” Benevides, 44, Astatula, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison for his role in obtaining 20 commercial and residential loans based on false information and documents.

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Thomas Edward Rosensteel III, 41, Excelsior, Robert Scott “Rod” Aslesen, 65, Little Canada, Justin Joseph Christenson, 34, East Bethel, and Dale Russell Wurzinger, 57, Burnsville, Minnesota, have been indicted and charged in connection with the Split Rock Realty mortgage fraud investigation.

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Joseph W. Witkowski, 68, Flemington, New Jersey, a former lawyer, admitted he conspired to participate in a scheme that caused lenders to release $40.8 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications and conspired to launder the proceeds of the fraud.

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Arman Nshanian, 38, Corona, California, a former deputy of the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff’s Department has been sentenced in federal court for his role in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme.

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Domenico “Dom” Rabuffo, 77, Miami, Florida, Mae Rabuffo, 75, of Fort Lauderdale, and Williston Park, New York, Raymond E. Olivier, 52, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, and Curtis Allen Davis, 51, Tampa, Florida, were convicted after an eleven day-jury trial before Chief United States District Judge Kevin Michael Moore for their roles in a straw buyer scam.

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Michael W. Yancey, 55, Olathe, Kansas, pleaded guilty to conspiring to make false statements on a loan application while he was working as a senior vice president of a bank in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Gari-Mark Thomas, 38, formerly of Norwalk, Connecticut, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to defraud the Federal Housing Authority through a mortgage fraud scheme.

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Michelle Vinas, 55, Florida, who was convicted of financial institution fraud affecting M&T Bank, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution totaling $423,434.98 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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