Ped Abghari, a/k/a Ted Allen, 37, Irvine, California, Dionysius Fiumano, a/k/a “D,” 43, Irvine, and Justin Romano, 40, Blue Point, New York, have been charged with engaging in a mortgage modification scheme that defrauded over 8,000 homeowners in all 50 states out of over $18.5 million, in what is believed to be the largest mortgage modification scheme ever charged.
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Michael C. Kaufman, Pittsford, New York, who was convicted following a federal jury trial of conspiracy to commit bank and loan fraud, as well as bank and loan fraud, was sentenced to a 12 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,360,893.72 by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.
James Monahan, 44, New York, New York, owner of real estate investment company Panam Management Group, Inc., and a former sergeant in the New York City Police Department, was sentenced to 58 months in prison for obtaining approximately $4.7 million from investors for a real estate development project he claimed to be constructing and then misappropriated those funds. The real estate project was never developed and investors lost all of their money.
Salmaan Siddiqui, a former Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse Group, was sentenced to time served in connection with a scheme to hide more than $100 million in losses in a mortgage-backed securities trading book at Credit Suisse.
David Pizio, 58, Jamesville, New York, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The defendant is facing a statutory maximum of 30 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000,000.00.
Sofia Atias, 44, Great Neck, New York, Joseph Atias, 50, Great Neck, Nicholas A. Pellegrini, 51, Garden City, New York, and Paula Berckhoff, 34, Garden City, have been charged with bank fraud and conspiracy for allegedly defrauding Bank of America of over half a million dollars by avoiding foreclosure on a home through a fraudulent short sale of the property to a straw buyer.
A six-count indictment was unsealed in federal court charging six people with bank and wire fraud concerning their alleged participation in a scheme to defraud lenders using fraudulent loan applications, falsified HUD-1 Settlement Statements and inflated appraisals.
David Higgs, a former Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse Group, was sentenced to time served in connection with a scheme to hide more than $100 million in losses in a mortgage-backed securities trading book at Credit Suisse.
Michelle Vinas, 55, Florida, who was convicted of financial institution fraud affecting M&T Bank, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution totaling $423,434.98 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Rodney Walker, 44, Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, to wire fraud for his role in a scam whereby the defendant promised a standby letter of credit, which he could monetize into $100 million in loans.