Archives For Maryland

Max Wagenblast, 35, Arlington, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal over $5 million from his company, which was the second largest Special Servicer of commercial real estate mortgages in the United States.

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Carole Tilghman, 50, Baltimore, Maryland, a title insurance agent who took tens of thousands of dollars from her clients’ escrow accounts to pay her personal bills pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to one count each of felony theft and felony theft scheme.

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Edgar Tibakweitira, a/k/a Edgar Julian, Charles Edgar Tibakweitira, and Edgar Gaudious Tibakweitira, 46, Severn, Maryland,  was sentenced by District Judge George J. Hazel to 57 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, arising from a residential mortgage fraud scheme.

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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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