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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Jarrod Beddingfield, 38, Waxhaw, North Carolina, a former online mortgage broker employee, and Steve Rosene, 43, Newport Beach, California, Beddingfield‘s California-based mortgage broker conspirator, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. for their roles involving computer theft of mortgage leads from a nation-wide online mortgage broker. Continue Reading…
John Wayne Perry, Jr., 33, Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on Monday, December 1, 2014, for his role as a promoter in a $75 million mortgage fraud racketeering conspiracy.
Numerous participants in an expansive mortgage fraud scheme were sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III to prison. Chief Judge Dever also collectively ordered more than $10 million in forfeiture and restitution judgments against the defendants. Those sentenced by the Court included multiple real estate developers, a closing attorney, two mortgage brokers, and a real estate broker.
Numerous participants in an expansive mortgage fraud scheme were sentenced to prison on Monday, October 27, 2014, and Tuesday, October 28, 2014, by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III. The defendants were involved in a conspiracy to defraud numerous banks and lenders using straw buyers resulting in mortgage loan disbursements exceeding $20 million, $5 million in loan proceeds, and losses exceeding $1 million.
Kurosh Mehr, 53, Charlotte, North Carolina, was convicted by a federal jury for his role in a $75 million racketeering conspiracy. According to trial evidence, Mehr was a promoter and buyer in the enterprise’s mortgage fraud operations.
Jimmy Hitchcock, 43, Clemmons, North Carolina, former NFL football player, was sentenced on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, to serve 46 months in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for his role in a multi-million mortgage fraud conspiracy. Hitchcock and his conspirators used false documents to support mortgage transactions and even recruited a bank insider to assist in the scheme.
Brian Matthew Rich, 40, Laguna Beach, California, and Marcus Alan Avritt, 42, of Seal Beach, California, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. to prison for their roles involving computer theft from a nation-wide online mortgage broker. Rich and Avritt avoided paying the victim company an estimated $745,152 for the stolen mortgage leads.
Roger Dean Bailey, Jr., 41, Hickory, North Carolina, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a mortgage and consumer fraud conspiracy involving manufactured and modular homes. From 2004 to 2008, Bailey was involved with the origination of up to 154 fraudulent HUD/FHA-insured mortgages.
Gregory D. Anderson, 47, Kingstree, South Carolina, was sentenced to 15 years prison, and his co-defendant Anthony C. Carrothers, 49, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced to 10 months, for their involvement in a mortgage fraud conspiracy wherein straw buyers were recruited to purchase homes with inflated values in exchange for kickbacks.