Archives For Maryland

Alberic Okou Agodio, 30, Bethesda, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.  He used the names of immigrants and students, along with false financial information, to obtain approximately $3.8 million in home mortgage loans.  He bought approximately three dozen row houses in Baltimore, all of which are in default or foreclosure. Continue Reading…

Cecil Sylvester Chester, 68, accountant, Mitchellville, Maryland; Michael Gerard Camphor, 59, real estate agent, Baltimore, Maryland; and Christopher Andy Kwegan, 58, real estate agent, Randallstown, Maryland were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges arising from the fraudulent purchase of seven properties in Baltimore, Maryland, using fraudulent loan documentation and straw purchasers, resulting in losses of over $1.7 million. Continue Reading…

Jasper Buck, 59, formerly of Westminster, Maryland and elsewhere including Sanford, Florida and Lake Mary, Florida, pled guilty to mail fraud arising from an investment fraud scheme in which Buck stole more than $1.96 million from clients.

According to his plea agreement, Buck worked for mortgage companies, but held himself out to investors as an experienced investment advisor.  Buck admitted that from October 2006 through at least December 2014, he told his victims that he was a representative of Portfolio Financial Group (PFG).  Buck told the victims that PFG would loan money provided by the victims to borrowers who needed funds quickly or were unable to obtain traditional bank loans and were therefore willing to pay a higher interest rate on the loans.  In fact, there were no such borrowers, and Buck used the victims’ money for his own personal use or to further his fraud scheme. Continue Reading…

Carmen Johnson, 48, Gambrills, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George Jerrod Hazel to 57 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 two residential mortgage fraud schemes.

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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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