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Nathan Shane Wolf, 44, Charlotte, North Carolina and John Wayne Perry, Jr., 34, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Purnell Wood, 44, were sentenced on federal racketeering charges in connection with their roles in the Operation Wax House fraud scheme.

Wolf, a licensed real estate agent, was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Wolf was convicted by a jury in October 2013. According to trial evidence, Wolf was a participant in the enterprise’s mortgage fraud operations, accounting for over $13 million in fraudulently-obtained loans, with losses of more than $7 million. Witnesses testified that Wolf arranged for builders of luxury real estate to pretend to sell such real estate at an inflated price – what Wolf called the “gross price” – in order to get an inflated mortgage loans from a bank. In reality, the builders accepted the true, lower, price – what Wolf called the “strike price” – while Wolf arranged for the difference between the inflated price and the true price to be paid from the loan proceeds as kickbacks. Such kickbacks were funneled through sham companies and disguised to look like payments for work actually done on the real estate. Trial evidence established that the work was never done, but instead these kickbacks were payments to the buyers and promoters who helped bring the parties to the fraud together. According to the evidence at trial, the kickbacks generally ranged from approximately $50,000 to almost $600,000. According to the sentencing hearing, Wolf received more than $200,000 in commissions on the fraudulent transactions, which represented the vast majority of his income during the years he was committing fraud. Continue Reading…

Howard Goldsmith, real estate developer, 41, Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced to a 30 month term of imprisonment for his role in a down payment fraud scheme.  According to documents filed in Court, between August of 2006 and February of 2009, Goldsmith and his conspirators carried out a fraud upon various banks and lenders using entities Goldsmith owned or controlled, including Ganyard Farm Construction and Baldwin EstatesContinue Reading…

Scammers are trying to take advantage of struggling families by promising to buy homes for quick cash warns the North Carolina Attorney General.

These scammers send postcards and put out signs proclaiming, “We buy homes!” But rather than buying houses as advertised, most of these companies will try to convince you to sign over control of your home. The company then leases the property out to a new tenant. As a result, you lose rights to your home but remain on the hook for mortgage payments. Homebuyers or tenants can also be hit hard by these scams, which can advertise homes in deceptive rent-to-own agreements for big upfront fees. Continue Reading…

Five of the eleven defendants charged in connection with a scheme involving straw buyers and the development of Seven Falls, a golf course and luxury residential community in Henderson County, North Carolina, have been sentenced to prison.

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James Tyson, Jr., 34, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Graham C. Mullen to 30 years in prison, Carrie Tyson, 61, Winterville, North Carolina, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, Victoria Hunt, 36, Rockville, Maryland, received 8 years in prison, and Vonetta Tyson Barnes, 41, Mililani, Hawaii, 30 days in prison, for their roles in mortgage and investment fraud schemes codenamed “Operation Wax House”.

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Shawn Davis, 44, Huntersville, North Carolina. and Darren Eugene Littles, 47, Charlotte, North Carolina, were sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. for their role in a scheme involving more than $1 million in fraudulent loans.

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Michael T. Rand, 52, Sandy Springs, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. to 120 months in prison and to three years of supervised release on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges in connection with federal investigation into a seven-year accounting/sales fraud conspiracy at Beazer Homes USA, Inc.

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John Reid Perkins, 45, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. to serve 64 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on securities fraud conspiracy charges and for violating the terms of his supervised release stemming from a previous federal conviction.

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Four defendants were sentenced on February 4, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees for their involvement in a consumer and mortgage fraud conspiracy which resulted in multi-million dollar losses for consumers and federal agencies. Continue Reading…

Five defendants were sentenced in January 2015, for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme involving straw buyers, kickbacks and bank bribery. Of the 91 individuals charged in Operation Wax House, eighty-nine defendants have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted following trial. The two remaining defendants are international fugitives.

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