More than $1.6 million in restitution has been secured for victims of mortgage fraud-related crimes and offered important tips to help Michigan consumers avoid becoming victims of foreclosure rescue scams.
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Anthony Carta, 53, Detroit, Michigan, has been charged with multiple crimes in connection to his formation of a faith based mortgage assistance scam.
Albert Greer, Sr., Shelby Township, Michigan, was found guilty on March 20, 2014, of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and of aiding and abetting bank fraud.
$114,542 will be distributed from the Homeowner Protection Fund to more than 112 victims of the Hope4Homeowners mortgage rescue scam.
Ronnie Edward Duke, Fenton, Michigan, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in connection with a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud conspiracy. On June 3, 2013, he was scheduled to self-surrender and begin serving his sentence. Duke failed to appear. After being on the run for eight months, he was arrested on February 24, 2014.
Joel Wilson, 31, Saginaw, Michigan, has been arrested for his alleged role in an extensive Michigan Ponzi scheme. the defendant allegedly defrauded at least three Michigan victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and has been on the lam in Europe for more than a year.
Bernadino J. Pavone, Jr., 48, Macomb, Michigan, and Abood Samaan, 50, Ypsilanti, Michigan, two former business partners, were sentenced after pleading guilty to wire fraud for a scheme that allowed unsuspecting consumers to disguise their true credit-worthiness and to trick potential lenders into risky credit relationships.
Daniela Spiridon, 42, St. Charles, Missouri, pled guilty to a real estate scheme related to the purchase or sale of properties.
Shawn Dicken, 39, Bay City, Michigan, is the subject of felony charges for her alleged role in an extensive multi-county Ponzi scheme.
Eric Lamarr Drake, 37, Detroit, Michigan, was arrested for allegedly operating a fraudulent mortgage banking business under false pretenses by promising mortgage services, retaining clients’ money and never delivering refunds to those clients.