Archives For Maryland

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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Angela M. Blythe, 51, Oakland, Maryland, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, bank fraud and making a false statement to a bank for her alleged role in preparing deeds, mortgages and notes in false identities, then recording those fraudulent documents thereby concealing the true owner of the properties.

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Mervyn A. Phelan, Sr., 74, Newport Beach, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and obstruction of justice from a $17.4 million investment fraud scheme.

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Emeka Udeze, 39, Bowie, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte to 37 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with two separate mortgage fraud schemes that involved loan application misrepresentations and short sale fraud.

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Annika Boas, 37, Mount Rainier, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George Jerrod Hazel to 27 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy, wire fraud and making a false statement on a loan application arising from a residential mortgage fraud scheme.

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Aaron G. Seltzer, 38, Trappe, Maryland, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme in which he converted funds intended for real estate investments to his personal use.

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Brian McCloskey, 42, Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to commit wire fraud arising from a $20 million investment fraud scheme wherein McCloskey and his conspirators made false representations to persuade lenders to fund loans.

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Kevin Sniffen, 53, Phoenix, Maryland, an attorney licensed in Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to commit wire fraud arising from an investment fraud scheme. Sean Krondak, 44, Irvine California, was sentenced to six months of home detention as part of three years’ probation for obstructing justice.

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Abdallah Suleiman Kitwara, 44, Bowie, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel to 15 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud arising from a residential mortgage fraud scheme wherein he used another individual’s identity, false income and credit information to induce a lender to provide a home mortgage loan.

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Benjamin Bland, 39, Glen Allen, Virginia; Michael Westbrook, 36; and Anthony Simpson, 43, both of Baltimore, on charges arising from a scheme to allow individuals with poor credit histories and criminal records to obtain loans and real property using misappropriated social security numbers and fraudulently established credit histories.

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