Ania Nowak, 48, Belvidere, New Jersey, a former real estate title agent, admitted carrying out a mortgage fraud scheme in which she obtained seven loans, totaling more than $3.7 million, on two properties located in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey and Belvidere, New Jersey.
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11 people, as well as a closing attorney, have been indicted on charges that they allegedly conspired to steal nearly $1 million from lenders through a short-sale mortgage fraud scheme.
Douglas Green, 50, Boca Raton, Florida, a former collateralized mortgage obligation bond trader was sentenced to 30 months in prison for engaging in a fraudulent trading scheme in which he manipulated the prices of CMOs by millions of dollars over a period of four years.
Andrew Constantinou, 58, Unionville, Connecticut, a former loan officer at GMAC Mortgage and Countrywide Home Loans, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme arising from the purchases of more than 40 properties in New Haven, Connecticut.
Abbe Edelman, 50, Livingston, New Jersey, admitted his role in a real estate investment scheme that bilked victims out of more than $5 million. Edelman falsely claimed that he had long-standing relationships with banks that provided him unique access to purchase foreclosed properties below market prices and could guarantee an easy resale and profit for investors.
Alex Schleider, 49, Lakewood, New Jersey, man was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for his part in a real estate investment fraud scheme that defrauded real estate investors of more than $1 million by persuading them to fund the purported purchase of an apartment complex, Belle Glade Gardens.
Antonio Pimenta, 46, Neshanic Station, New Jersey, has been indicted for his role in a $1 million mortgage fraud scheme, including an alleged bribe of a bank agent to approve a loan on a property that exploded hours before the closing.
Nancy Wolf-Fels, 57, Toms River, New Jersey; Dwayne Onque, 46, Belleville, New Jersey; and Mashon Onque, 43, East Orange, New Jersey, were convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to defraud financial institutions as part of a $15 million mortgage fraud scam that used phony documents and straw buyers to make illegal profits on overbuilt condos.
Andrew Lucas, 37, the former mayor of Manalapan, New Jersey, was convicted at trial on charges related to his acquisition of farmland in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The jury found that Lucas provided falsified tax returns, including a falsified tax return for a relative whose name was also on the loan application, as well as falsely reported that he had a total of $210,000 in cash.
Howard Drossner, 53, Ambler, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for conspiring to defraud FirstPlus Financial Group Inc., a Texas-based financial services company, which had been targeted for extortionate takeover and looting by a group led by Lucchese organized crime family member Nicodemo S. Scarfo.