Archives For Pennsylvania

Six people, including a lawyer, real estate agent and funeral home director, have been charged with conspiring to steal a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home from an elderly widow after she passed away.

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Marie Mikesche Bontigao, 43, West Chester, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment for her alleged role in a fraud scheme wherein she solicited individuals to invest in her real estate projects but, instead of investing the lenders’ money in real estate, the funds were used to operate her business and pay personal expenses

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Susan C. Kevra-Shiner, 46, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, was indicted and charged with seven counts of mail fraud relating to an abstract and title insurance company she owned in Avoca, Pennsylvania, GK Abstract Co., Inc.  Despite losing an agency agreement with Stewart Title Guaranty CompanyKevra-Shiner allegedly continued to issue numerous title insurance policies. 

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An indictment was filed charging six people, including a couple and their daughter, in a wide-reaching mortgage fraud conspiracy in which the defendants allegedly stripped the equity from the homes of desperate homeowners facing foreclosure.  The scheme caused losses to mortgage lenders of approximately $3.8 million.

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Richard Stromberg, 49, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, the founder of a mortgage brokerage firm, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

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John Paul Donico, 65, Erie, Pennsylvania, is the subject of an eight-count indictment for his alleged role in fraudulently obtaining $350,000 from a construction company by promising to obtain financing, which he never obtained.

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Matthew Amato, 31, Broomall, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to banks. Amato admitted lying to three lenders for the purpose of influencing the actions of the banks upon lines of credit for which he had applied.

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Matthew Amato, 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged in an criminal Information with one count of making false statements to banks. Amato allegedly made false claims to influence lenders to approve his loan application.

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Heritage Homes Group, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based home builder that offers home financing, has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by advertising low-cost mortgages while hiding fees and not disclosing vital information about the true cost of the mortgages.

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James Lignelli, 59, Presto, Pennsylvania, was found guilty by a federal jury of three counts of bank fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

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