Mark Avalos, 49, St. Peters, Missouri,pled guilty to bank fraud charges relating to his work as the Controller for The Mortgage Store, Inc. in 2008.
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John Lee Norris, 43, and Julie Tina Hatcher, 39, both of Kansas City, Missouri, owners and operators of a firm that promised to help financially-strapped homeowners and clients get out of debt and foreclosure, were sentenced in federal court for defrauding 81 clients, lenders and the government of more than $1 million.
Terrence Matthew Brown, also known as Terry Brown, 49, Round Rock, Texas, was sentenced in federal court for his role in a $2.7 million mortgage fraud scheme. The scheme involved Brown buying homes at inflated prices, obtaining mortgage loans by fraud at the inflated amounts, and receiving kickbacks from the excess loan proceeds without the lenders’ knowledge.
Dana Jefferson, 53, O’Fallon, Missouri, has been indicted on multiple fraud charges involving a scheme to lure lenders by falsely representing that he was the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar inheritance. Jefferson made false promises to lenders that once he gained access to his inheritance, he would use the funds to purchase homes for them, or in some cases would repay double the amount of the loan.
Daniela Spiridon, 43, St. Charles, Missouri, was sentenced to 78 months in prison involving a real estate scheme related to the purchase and sale of REO properties. In addition to the prison sentence, she was also ordered to pay $2,499,988 restitution and a fine of $5,000.
Justin W. Jeffries, 35, and Scott A. Jeffries, 59, were each sentenced to 5 years probation and restitution in the amount of $206,046.89 for their roles in the mortgage fraud scheme wherein they falsified the source of borrower down payments, among other things.
Eric Gagnepain, 41, Nixa, Missouri, co-owner of Greenleaf Companies has been sentenced in federal court for aiding and abetting a bank fraud conspiracy involving the creation and submission of fraudulent loan applications that was part of a multi-million-dollar mortgage investment scheme.
Ronald L. Roberts, 54, Town and Country, Missouri, pled guilty to charges of mail and wire fraud in connection with his obtaining more than a million dollars from lenders in what he now admits was a loan fraud scheme.
Jeffrey Witt, 39, St. Charles, Missouri, pled guilty to three (3) federal felony charges: falsifying documents to obtain a bank loan secured by a St. Louis County, Missouri, home, which did not actually belong to him, using an associate to impersonate the true home owner at the bank loan closing, and cashing legal client settlement checks without their knowledge.