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Last Updated Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:30 PM Texas Time

April 11, 2008

Sprouse Could See More Charges in Mortgage Fraud Case
Victoria Sprouse, already a key target in a mortgage fraud case of more than $15 million in loans in Charlotte, N.C., could also face charges of racketeering. Though the indictment on the case lists a total of six defendants, Sprouse is the only one listed in each of the four alleged scams in the case.
read story from The Charlotte Observer

Man Admits to Mortgage Fraud of More Than $2.6 Million
Donald F. Green pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion, one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud and one count of bank fraud for his involvement in a 2003 and 2004 mortgage scam in which he obtained $2.6 million. Aryeh Schottenstein, Jeffrey Lierberman and Shawn Griffin were also indicted last year for their participation in the scheme.
read story from Columbus Business First

Three Ohio Men Indicted for Mortgage Fraud
William Bowling Jr., Georgia Bowling and Gregg Russell are accused of defrauding Fort Mitchell, Ohio mortgage company Countrywide Home Loans on more than 24 properties outside Dayton. Each suspect faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
read story from WKRC-TV Cincinnati

April 10, 2008

Jackson Men Guilty of Mortgage Fraud
David Kennedy was sentenced to two years in prison with three years of supervised release, while LaVonne Hamilton must serve16 with two years of supervised release for their involvements in two separate mortgage fraud operations in Jackson, Miss. The combined fraudulent loan total the two men obtained was more than $835,000.
read story from The Clarion-Ledger

April 9, 2008

Interthinx Announces Ability for Lenders to Score Third-Party Originators
Interthinx, provider for tools for mortgage fraud prevention and other various aspects of the mortgage industry, announced Tuesday its ability to review and score third-party originators. Broker Risk Score bases its assessment on proprietary loan data and weighted “alerts” in the system to help lenders make better informed decisions in all processes in the business.

Radian Guaranty Announces Program to Assist Borrowers
Radian Guaranty announced the launch of Radian FastAdvance, a program that seeks to help troubled borrowers by modifying the terms of loans or creating structured repayment plans. Radian also revealed the partnership with partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley to assist and communicate with borrowers and servicers who opt to use FastAdvance.

Virginia Man Gets Prison for Mortgage Fraud
Khalil Salim Arbid was sentenced to 16 months in prison for mail fraud for his involvement in a mortgage fraud operation of $2 million in Vienna, Va. He will also be on supervised release for three years after his prison sentence is served, and he must pay more than $650,000 in restitution.
read story from Vienna Connection

Six Charged with Fraud in Indianapolis
Mehran Valiyi, Brian Beach, Marcus Ward, Ladarius Patrick, Omar Dillard and Preston Forte were all charged with theft and fraud for their participation in a mortgage fraud scheme of nearly $38 million on 568 homes in Indianapolis.
read story from the Examiner

Mortgage Fraud Warrants Prison Time
Portland resident Ryan Bonneau must spend 30 years in prison and have five years of supervised release to follow for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme in that defrauded Union Federal Bank of Indianapolis. Leann Booth and Troy Martin were also involved in the scam of two properties and, among other punishments, must serve 45 days of house arrest and give up their shares of the profit.
read story from The Oregonian

April 8, 2008

Governor Takes Action on Foreclosure Problem in Maryland
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed emergency legislation in order to provide assistance to thousands of homeowners in the state who are at risk of losing their properties. The bills also strive to prevent future foreclosures and make efforts to fight mortgage fraud crimes.

Broker Pleads Guilty to Racketeering in Mortgage Fraud Case
Celeste Skaar, owner of a Chanhassen, Minn., mortgage brokerage, New Day Capital, pleaded guilty to a charge of racketeering in a mortgage fraud case that brought in $2.5 million to Skaar and her cohorts, Scott R. Rosenlund and Shinon Lindberg. Rosenlund and Lindberg have eight pending charges against them in the case, and Skaar’s license was revoked.
read story from The Minneapolis Star Tribune

April 7, 2008

Mortgage Fraud Grows, But Who Hurts the Most?
Writer Zac Bissonnette wonders who really suffers the most from mortgage fraud, and he has come to the conclusion that those victimized are “pretty much anyone who wasn’t participating” in the fraudulent operations.
read story from WalletPop

Broker Loses License and Faces Investigations in Colorado
Danny DeGrande had his real estate broker’s license revoked last week for a year for mortgage fraud complaints issued against him in Arvada, Colo. DeGrande is up against multiple investigations on him and is still under further investigation for fraudulent real estate deals.
read story from Rocky Mountain News

“Fraud-for-Profit” Continues to Hurt Mortgage Industry
Recently, federal law enforcement has directed a great amount of its focus on “fraud-for-profit” mortgage scams in which those in the industry join together in fraud operations, split the proceeds, and then vanish elsewhere. More commonly, victims are those who are on the verge of foreclosure, and all this crime is only adding to the dilemma that already plagues the subprime arena.
read story from The Chicago Tribune

Suspect to Change Plea in Erie Mortgage Fraud Case
Gregory M. Finney, who originally entered a plea of not guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy and money-laundering in a mortgage fraud scheme case in Erie, Pa., is expected to change his plea in the coming weeks, according to the lawyer of the former president of A&M Homes. The change comes largely as a result of a previous conviction for delivery of cocaine, which could hurt him at his sentencing.
read story from Erie Times-News

Two Mortgage Fraud Cohorts to Appear in Court
Celeste Skaar pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering in a mortgage fraud operation in Minneapolis. Scott R. Rosenlund and Shinon Lindberg are also named in the case and faced with charges of racketeering and theft by swindle. Rosenlund and Lindberg are due in court today.
read story from The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Former Criminal Now Seeks to Stop Crime
Frank Abagnale, former con man and author of Catch Me If You Can and Stealing Your Life, helped design a service called PrivacyGuard to monitor credit and give notifications of new applications and developments to help fight identity theft and fraud.
read story from New York Daily News

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