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Jonathan Lyons, 53, a former sales representative at a company purporting to provide mortgage modification services, Rockville Center, New York, pled guilty in Manhattan federal court for his role in a multimillion-dollar scheme that victimized more than 500 financially struggling homeowners across the country.  Lyons, who was arrested in October 2013, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels.

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Michael St. Claire, 36, Skaneateles, New York was sentenced to six months in prison, an additional four months of home confinement, and ordered to pay $1,257,945 in restitution in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme which resulted in losses of more than $1 million to lenders. St. Claire previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Continue Reading…

Carlton P. Cabot, 52, Stamford, Connecticut, and Timothy J. Kroll, 44, New Hope, Pennsylvania, – the former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Cabot Investment Properties LLC, respectively – were arrested for allegedly participating in a scheme to defraud investors in numerous real estate investments by misappropriating over $17 million to pay for personal and business expenses and covering up their fraud with manipulated financial statements.

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Mario Alvarenga, Rajesh Maddiwar, and Amir Meiri were arrested for participating in a scheme wherein, through an organization that advertised help to those seeking loan modifications to avoid foreclosure, obtained millions of dollars by deceiving homeowners into selling their homes to a company associated with the defendants.

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Steven Essig, Syracuse, New York, a licensed appraiser and the owner of an appraisal company in Syracuse, pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from making false entries in an appraisal report. The falsified report was used to obtain a mortgage as part of a million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

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Poppi Metaxas, 62, Hillsborough, California, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Bank, FSB, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud for her role in defrauding the bank of more than $1.8 million in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

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Semyon (a/k/a Sam) Muratov, 34, and Yuriy (a/k/a Erick) Munarov, 31, both of Forest Hills, Queens, New York, the winning bidders at a foreclosure auction, have been charged with illegally evicting a homeowner from his lawful residence and then breaking-in and boarding up doors and windows prior to legally assuming ownership and taking possession of the property.

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Theresa Sanders, 56, most recently of Westerville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to residential mortgage fraud, in the second degree, and grand larceny, in the second degree, in Onondaga County Court, New York, before Judge Anthony Aloi.

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Golden First Mortgage Corp., and its owner, operator and President, David Movtady, have settled a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit alleging misconduct in connection with Golden First‘s participation in the FHA Direct Endorsement Lender Program.

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Wilbur Anthony Huff, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges admitting that he engaged in a scheme to prevent Park Avenue Bank, New York, New York, from being designated as “undercapitalized” by regulators – a designation that would prohibit the bank from engaging in certain types of banking transactions, and that would subject the bank to a range of potential enforcement actions by regulators.

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