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Daniel J. Flynn, III, 52, Milton, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged in U.S. District in Boston with wire fraud.  According to the criminal complaint, Flynn defrauded investors of millions in a real estate investment scheme that began in at least 2007.

The complaint details several aspects of the alleged scheme, including that Flynn falsified the value of his real estate investment fund by creating fraudulent promissory notes purportedly worth millions and representing to investors that they were legitimate debts that were owed to Flynn’s real estate investment fund.  Second, the complaint alleges that Flynn repeatedly induced investors to loan him money to purchase specific pieces of property that, in some cases, Flynn already owned.  It is further alleged that Flynn often used investor’s money to pay his personal debts and to repay prior investors.  Once investors uncovered Flynn’s fraudulent activities, Flynn changed the name of his business and created similar entities through the names of third parties in an effort to conceal his fraudulent activities.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil J. Gallagher, Jr. of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

A Norwell, Massachusetts based mortgage broker, one of its loan originators, and an outside insurance agent have been sued by the Massachusetts Attorney General for sales tactics that convinced elderly homeowners to apply for reverse mortgages and invest their proceeds in risky financial products, including variable annuities

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David Zak, attorney, Revere, Massachusetts, and his two businesses Zak Law Offices, P.C., and Loan Modification Group, Inc, have been ordered to pay more than $625,000 for targeting homeowners with deceptive advertisements and demanding thousands in illegal advance fees for mortgage modification and foreclosure relief services they failed to deliver.

At a time when homeowners were struggling to afford their mortgages, this attorney abused his clients’ trust and deliberately exploited their financial circumstances by demanding exorbitant fees based on false promises, leaving these homeowners even more vulnerable,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said. “This judgment puts an end to these deceptive and unfair practices and confirms that those who seek to capitalize on the foreclosure crisis will be held accountable.”  Continue Reading…

Brooklyn man sentenced to federal prison in mortgage scheme

A 34-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court on wire fraud charges after he orchestrated the straw purchases of homes including one property in Worcester.

Alexander Ndaula, who also goes by the names Money Mals and Mals, was ordered to pay just over $237,000 in restitution. He will be on three years supervised release once he gets out of federal prison.

Michael P. O’Donnell, 53, mortgage broker, Middleton, Massachusetts was convicted of one count of bank fraud after a three-day bench trial before the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock, United States District Judge.  Judge Woodlock scheduled sentencing for October 20, 2015. Continue Reading…

Michael David Scott, 51, Mansfield, Massachusetts, a former real estate agent/developer and two out-of-state recruiters pleaded guilty to wire and bank fraud charges in connection with a multi-year, multi-property mortgage fraud scheme in Boston, Massachusetts.

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David Zak, Revere, Massachusetts, has been ordered to pay $233,600 for discriminating against a group of seventeen Latino homeowners by targeting them with predatory and deceptive mortgage modification advertising.

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John C. McBride, 66, Boston, Massachusetts, who was disbarred in 2007 after practicing law for more than three decades, was sentenced to federal prison for tax and bank fraud violations. His crimes arose in connection with recording fraudulent tax and bank releases on his seaside Marblehead, Massachusetts home and his vacation home in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. Both properties were later foreclosed on.

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John C. McBride, 65, Marblehead, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud violations, primarily for recording fraudulent federal tax lien releases on properties he owned in Marblehead and Edgartown, Massachusetts.

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Joshua Leventhal, 44, Easton, Massachusetts, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to jail in connection with stealing $112,000 from customers in a “Rent to Own” advance-fee scheme.  He was also ordered to make full restitution to his victims.

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