Archives For Title Fraud

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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Randall David Due, Pelham, Georgia, was found guilty by a federal jury in Omaha, Nebraska, of seven counts of conspiracy to file and filing false liens against two U.S. District Court judges, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska, two Assistant U.S. Attorneys and an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agent. Due filed a total of five $18 million false liens with the Washington County Register of Deeds Office.

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Deon Derrick Derrico, 43, North Las Vegas, Nevada, and Olujuwon Devin Bryant, 23, North Las Vegas, were charged with multiple felony counts for their involvement in a fraudulent title scheme wherein they allegedly forged quitclaim deeds for the purposes of collecting rent from unsuspecting tenants.

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Cherron Marie Phillips, who also goes by the name of River Tali Bey, 43, Chicago, Illinois, was convicted by a federal jury after two days of testimony and found guilty of knowingly filing false  liens – each in the amount of $100 billion – against the property of current and former federal employees.

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The Fidelity Land Trust Company, LLC (unrelated to Fidelity National Title Insurance Company) that obtained certain titles to homeowners’ residences may be clouded and deemed null and void based on a ruling from a Broward County, Florida, Circuit Court.

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Brandon Hanly, 33, Redding, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb to four years in prison for a mortgage fraud scheme.

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Alois Craig Weingart, 60, Castle Rock, Colorado, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in mortgage fraud scheme with losses to lenders totaling $12 million.

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Blair Christopher Hanloh, 50, Long Beach, California, was convicted of stealing over $3.5 million in a fraudulent scheme by falsely transferring residential property deeds and fraudulently renting out houses.

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James Lee Lankford, 74, formerly of Modesto, California, a real estate broker, pleaded guilty to seven counts of mail fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scam that looted elderly homeowners and lending institutions of millions of dollars.

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Adel Afkarian and Atef Afkarian each entered a guilty plea in federal court in San Diego, California, in connection with a fraud scheme involving sales of million-dollar homes in San Diego and Del Mar, California.

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