Archives For Short Sale Fraud

Demetrius Peete, 46, Manassas, Virginia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to a year and a day in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, which resulted in losses attributable to Peete of approximately $1.5 million.

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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.

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Kevin Lauricella, 29, Thousand Oaks, California, a former Bank of America employee was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for taking more than $1.2 million in bribes to approve artificially low-price short sales of properties on which the bank held mortgages.

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Jose Marinay, 52, Annandale, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his involvement in a short sale mortgage fraud conspiracy.

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Bonnie Kathleen Kreamer, a/k/a Bonnie Meehan, 49, Riva, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme which resulted in losses of over $4.8 million. The defendant and her co-conspirators used many fraudulent techniques to further the conspiracy, including short sales in which the property was sold for a higher price than was represented to the lien holder and the seller.

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Delio Coutinho, 71, Colonia, New Jersey, admitted his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses. The defendant conspired with others to release liens on encumbered properties via fraudulently arranged short sale transactions.

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Kenneth Schwartz, 64, Huntington, New York, and Helene Stetch, 50, Lindenhurst, New York, have been charged by a Queens County grand jury with defrauding homeowners, financial institution and real estate buyers out of more than $1 million through a short sale mortgage fraud scheme that occurred over a nineteen-month period between October 2008 and May 2010.

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Ki Sung Chung aka Ken Jung, 55, Norwood, New Jersey, Soon Hwa Park–Bergman, 53, Norwood, Ki Jung Yun, 51, Fairview, New Jersey, Hyang Son Yi aka Paula Yi, 56, Fairview, Dennis Oak aka Dae Sok Ok, 73, formerly of Palisades Park, New Jersey, currently a fugitive, and Beverly Oak aka Young Ae Oak, 63, formerly of Palisades Park, also a fugitive, have been charged with running an elaborate short sale fraud scheme.

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Timothy William Barnes, 37, formerly of San Luis Obispo, California, a real estate broker pleaded guilty to orchestrating a property flipping scheme in which he purchased houses in short sales at artificially low prices and immediately resold the properties at their true market value.

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Minerva Sanchez, 47, Fremont, California, was arrested at her home for allegedly conspiring to commit bank fraud in connection with a fraudulent short-sale scheme.

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