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Last Updated Friday, January 23, 2009 10:00 PM Texas Time

January 23, 2009

Guilty Ordered to Forfeit Millions

Three Kansas men have been ordered to forfeit more than $2.6 million in assets, including two luxury boats, after being found guilty for mortgage fraud. The trio used a bait and switch scheme on subprime borrowers.

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Former Mortgage and Title Company Owner Sentenced

A Miami woman funneled $24 million in fraudulent mortgage loans through her companies, two mortgage brokerages and three title agencies. After pleading guilty, she was sentenced to 121 months in prison, three years supervised release and ordered to pay more than $6 million in restitution.

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January 22, 2009

New Twist on Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Two men devised a foreclosure rescue scheme that allowed homeowners to stay in their homes by fraudulently filing bankruptcy petitions. The pair effectively use the bankruptcy system to run an illegal foreclosure rescue scam.

Real Estate Magnate Blows Whistle

Four metro Detroiters have been charged in a million dollar mortgage fraud scheme after a prominent real estate mogul brought the scam to light.

U.S. Rep Aims to Prevent Mortgage Fraud

Legislation to form a nationwide mortgage fraud task force was passed last September by the House but blocked by Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

January 21, 2009

Ex-Undercover Agent Publicly Fights Fraud

A former FBI agent that investigated money laundering, tax fraud and other financial crimes against the government now helps lending institutions fight against mortgage fraud.

January 20, 2009

Flipping Celebrity Sentenced

A California woman who once hosted a reality "flipping" show has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for mortgage fraud.

Sentencing Postponed Again

Sentencing for an Indiana man who pleaded guilty in a mortgage fraud scheme has been postponed for a second time. His lawyer requested the delay citing the necessity to have more time to review documents that directly impact the sentencing and restitution order.

Broker Accused of Murder

A New York mortgage broker with a history of committing mortgage fraud, including one case pending, is now accused of killing his friend, a real estate attorney.

Loan Officer and Title Agent Conspired

A St. Paul, Minn. loan officer worked with a title agent to steal the proceeds of $4 million in mortgage loans.

January 19, 2009

Agent Insures Properties in Alleged Fraud Scheme

A Virginia insurance agent is at the center of an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that prosecutors say caused $390,000 in losses from three foreclosures. The agent also collected a commission from insuring the properties.

Mortgage Fraud Tsunami

A Tarrant County prosecutor described the recent influx of mortgage fraud in the Texas county as a tsunami of mortgage fraud. Just three years ago, mortgage fraud was a rarity, now they said the county is flooded with mortgage fraud.

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Upscale Development Target of Fraud Scheme

An attorney, the first to plead guilty in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme, has agreed to close his law practice as part of the plea deal.

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