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January 15, 2009

Corn-Fed Fraud

A farmer pleaded guilty to defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture when he sold the grain used as loan collateral for a mortgage.

Buyers Plead Not Guilty

A married couple who allegedly acted as buyers in several fraudulent mortgage transactions pleaded not guilty in court. Prosecutors said the loan applications included fraudulent income information, intent to occupy and the appraised value was artificially inflated.

Appraised Value Inflated 700%

Two Missouri men are accused of running a mortgage fraud scheme that inflated home values, one property was appraised at more than seven times its real value.

January 14, 2009

No Remorse, No License

A Connecticut closing attorney asked for reinstatement after being suspended from practicing law and serving two years in prison for mortgage fraud. The New Haven County bar admissions committee approved his reinstatement, however, it wasn't enough.

Forgery Fuels Commissions

A 34-year-old woman pleaded guilty to charges relating to a subprime mortgage fraud scheme. She forged documents and changed applicant information in order to get unqualified borrowers’ loans approved, and big commission checks.

January 13, 2009

Property Flippers Sentenced

Three men in South Florida have been sentenced for their roles in an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme. Sentences ranged from three years to two months in prison, along with a total of over $5 million in restitution.

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January 12, 2009

74-Year-Old Realtor Sentenced

A Colorado Realtor was sentenced to three years probation, with the first 15 months in home detention after being found guilty of a mortgage fraud scheme in which she helped get unqualified borrowers' mortgages approved.

Stealing From the Dead

A D.C. man was sentenced to 12.5 years, two years more than the recommended sentence for a mortgage fraud crime that resulted in more than $1 million in stolen property. Names of property owners, some of them dead, were forged in order to transfer the deed to the thief, and then the properties were sold to unwitting purchasers.

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