Archives For New Jersey

Linda Yarleque, 44, and Fabio Moreno Vargas, 47, Bergen County, New Jersey, husband and wife, were both sentenced to prison for lying about their employment, income, and other financial information in order to fraudulently obtain millions in mortgages.

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Robert Kahan, 68, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, the developer of three Trenton, New Jersey, affordable housing projects admitted that he made false statements to a financial institution to divert project money for personal and other unauthorized purposes, and to conducting a transaction with the proceeds of this crime.

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Eric Reilly, 34, Galloway, New Jersey, was sentenced to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution for conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties. The defendant would falsely state he was calling owners in response to a complaint they had made to timeshare developers and lenders.

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Robert Serao, 48, Bayville, New Jersey, who used his position as a loan officer of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Inc., to get the company to release more than $4.6 million on fraudulent mortgage loan applications was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud conspiracy.

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Joseph W. Witkowski, 68, Flemington, New Jersey, a former lawyer, admitted he conspired to participate in a scheme that caused lenders to release $40.8 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications and conspired to launder the proceeds of the fraud.

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Ronnie Singleton, 41, Lithonia, Georgia, a business owner who held himself out to be an investor and loan broker, admitted his role in defrauding real estate investors of more than $800,000.
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Randy Poulson, 42, Woolwich Township, New Jersey, the owner and operator of Equity Capital Investments LLC, is charged with allegedly scamming distressed homeowners into giving him their houses and then soliciting fake real estate investments from private investors, secured by those same properties, that netted him more than $3 million in illicit profits.

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Abbe Edelman, 50, Livingston, New Jersey, was arrested at his home by federal law enforcement officers on charges that he allegedly ran a real estate investment scheme that bilked victims out of $4 million.

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Delio Coutinho, 71, Colonia, New Jersey, admitted his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses. The defendant conspired with others to release liens on encumbered properties via fraudulently arranged short sale transactions.

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Eliyahu Weinstein, 38, Lakewood, New Jersey, who was sentenced less than two months ago to 22 years in prison for running a Ponzi-style real estate scheme, was indicted by a federal grand jury on new charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and transacting criminal proceeds while on pretrial release.

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