Archives For Maryland

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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Patrick J. Belzner, a/k/a Patrick McCloskey, 45, Selbyville, Delaware, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to 15 years in prison followed, by three years of supervised release, on charges of wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and tax evasion for his role in a scheme to rip off investors by promising to secure large loans in exchange for substantial sums deposited in an escrow bank account.

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Annika Boas, 37, Mount Rainier, Maryland, was convicted on September 19, 2014, of conspiracy, wire fraud and making a false statement on a loan application, arising from a residential mortgage fraud scheme.

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Shola Risikat Balogun, 48, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme that she organized and managed, which resulted in over $1.352 million of actual losses to mortgage lenders.

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Demetrius Peete, 46, Manassas, Virginia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to a year and a day in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, which resulted in losses attributable to Peete of approximately $1.5 million.

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HOPE NOW, the voluntary, private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers and non-profit counselors, released its May 2014 loan modification data. An estimated 37,000 homeowners received permanent, affordable loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month.

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Mokorya Cosmas Wambura, 41, Takoma Park, Maryland, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow to five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from two separate residential mortgage fraud schemes.

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Mervyn A. Phelan, Sr., 74, Newport Beach, California, and Gregory E. Grantham, 56, Oceanside, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud and obstruction of justice for their roles in a real estate fraud scheme whereby private money lenders and investors were persuaded to deposit funds into escrow accounts, which were later pillaged by the conspirators.

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Daniel Ira Colton, 64, Annapolis, Maryland and Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit extortion and to making false statements. Colton offered money, entertainment, mortgage payments, and monetary and in-kind campaign contributions to state and local government officials in exchange for favorable official actions, including assisting in the acquisition of surplus property and land from the county for development by Day Homes.

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Jeong Joon Moon, a/k/a Patrick Moon, 46, Germantown, Maryland, has been indicted on charges arising from a scheme to defraud financial institutions.

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