Megan McGuire, Miramar, Florida, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and/or wire fraud and aggravated identity theft and Christine A. Brown pled guilty to one court of aggravated identity theft.
McGuire and Brown are both scheduled to be sentenced in May 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At sentencing, McGuire faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment and Brown faces mandatory sentence of two years’ imprisonment. They are the sixth and seventh defendants to plead guilty in connection with Operation Whose House, a $10,000,000 scheme to defraud mortgage lenders.
According to the charges and evidence in the case, the defendants devised a scheme to enrich themselves by obtaining mortgages from lenders using straw purchasers and through the submission of false documentation, including false loan applications, false employment verification forms, false salary statements, and false bank account statements reflecting high account balances. The defendants also used and caused others to use false or stolen Florida’s driver’s licenses, identification cards, and social security numbers as their personal identification at closings to purchase property in the names of individuals whose identification documents had been previously stolen.