Steven C. Gittinger, 50, Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of money laundering for his participation in a mortgage fraud scheme.
According to a statement of facts filed with his guilty plea, Gittinger was a principal of Classic Title Agency, Inc. and helped close real estate sales. Between June 2003 and 2005, Gittinger received business and made money for performing closings of real estate sales. In 2003, Gittinger made various fraudulent representations on closing documents in which misrepresentations were made, then forwarded to financial institutions which funded loans for the property. The property referenced in the criminal information was 5416 Edwardsville Road, Clarksville, Ohio.
Gittinger agrees that for the purpose of the Sentencing Guidelines the amount of loss attributable to him is more than $400,000.00 but less than $1,000,000.00.
Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud carries a maximum penalty of not more than thirty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000 (or twice the gross gain to the defendant or loss of the victim. Money Laundering carries a maximum penalty of not more than ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 (or twice the gross gain to the defendant or loss of the victim).