Archives For South Carolina

Michael Yant, 40, Lexington, South Carolina, was sentenced to five months of incarceration, to be followed by five months home confinement,  in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme.   Yant also was ordered to pay almost $270,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that between November 2011 and December 2013, Yant and others committed mortgage fraud on approximately fifteen Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. Specifically, Yant engaged in a prohibited rent-to-own scheme.  Yant collected rent from future buyers and used those funds for the buyer’s down payment at closing. Further, Yant added buyers to other people’s credit accounts as authorized users to enhance the buyer’s credit scores

Yant admitted to falsifying and submitting bank statements of buyers, paying off buyers’ debt and collection accounts, as well as falsifying buyers’ vehicle bills of sale in an effort to forge the origination of the buyer’s down payments. Also, Yant provided forged W-2’s and paystubs for buyers, as well as prepared false employment verifications to conceal the buyer not being an employee of certain businesses.  Further, Yant secured FHA loans for buyers who would not otherwise qualify by paying off the buyers’ debt and collection accounts to increase the buyers’ credit scores.

The case was investigated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Winston Holliday of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.   The sentenced was announced by United States Attorney Bill Nettles.

Shayne Harrison Smith, 47, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, to Wire Fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343 in connection with a loan modification fraud scheme. Continue Reading…

Jerry Elmo Hartsoe, 57, West Columbia, South Carolina; James Chappel Dew, 59, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Mark Shannon Manuel, 49, Franklin, Tennessee, were found guilty after a jury trial on eight counts of mail fraud.

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Scott C. Allmon, 38, Easley, South Carolina, pled guilty in federal court in Anderson to making false statements in connection with a real estate investment scheme, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.

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Joseph Robert Guernsey, 39, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell to 21 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $141,206.39 for bank fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344.

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Larry Duwayne Woods, 69, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, to wire fraud in connection with a condominium development project.

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Jason G. Haywood pled guilty to charges that he knowingly made a false statement for the purpose of influencing a lender in connection with a loan for a residential property.

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John Cooper Bolt, Jr., 39, Greenville, South Carolina, a commercial loan officer, pled guilty in federal court to mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.

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Scott M. Wickersham, a loan officer and real estate agent, has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme.  The defendant pleaded guilty on January 11, 2013.

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Scott L. Lemons and Kevin V. Robinson were indicted on January 3, 2013, for their roles in an alleged scheme to defraud mortgage lenders concerning the sale of condominiums in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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