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Woman Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Case to Far Less than Sentencing Guidelines
Mar. 5 -- A federal judge today sentenced an O'Hara, Pa., woman to six and a half years in prison for wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering, after criticizing the prosecution for seeking a 24-year sentence.
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Former Bank VP Indicted for Fraud
Mar. 4 -- A former bank employee was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges arising out of a scheme to defraud Appalachian Community Bank, also known as Gilmer County Bank, according to authorities.
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Big Mortgage Fraud Trial Could Wrap Up
Mar. 4 -- Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the California trial accusing Hendrix Montecastro and Helen Pedrino of felony crimes in connection with a $142 million Ponzi-type mortgage and securities investment ring that cost multiple victims their homes, life savings and creditworthiness.
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Date Defendants State Amount of Loans Overview Source
Mar. 8 Michael Wayne Harding VA $2,000,000 in losses Pleaded guilty. Department of Justice
Mar. 8 Randolph Branham FL $2,400,000 Sentenced to 24 months. Department of Justice
Mar. 6 Richard Thomas Gregg MO $3,300,000 in losses Indicted. Department of Justice
Mar. 6 Derrick Phelps, Cynthia Phelps, Linda Mack NV $30,000,000 in losses Indicted. Chron.com
Mar. 5 Che M. Brown DC Undisclosed Sentenced to 3 months. Department of Justice
Mar. 5 Vasilia Berger, Jay Berger PA $6,700,000 in losses Vasilia sentenced to 78 months, Jay sentenced to 15 months. MortgageDaily.com

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