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June 24, 2009

Convicted Fraudster Busted for Bigamy
Victor Clavizzao, who had already been convicted of mortgage fraud in a $5 million scheme, married for the fifth time even though he hadn't divorced his first or fourth wives.
read story at the Sun Sentinel

June 23, 2009

Florida Fraud Fight
Police in Miami-Dade County made fighting mortgage fraud a top priority as early as 2006.
read story at Huffington Post

June 22, 2009

Fraud Avoidance Tips
Among tips outlined for avoiding mortgage fraud were to be careful what you sign, be wary of direct solicitation and get professional advice.
read story at Examiner.com

June 17, 2009

First American Acquires Mortgage Fraud Firm
First American CoreLogic announced today the acquisition of BasePoint Analytics LLC -- a firm that specializes in mortgage fraud prevention.
read full story at MortgageDaily.com

Gov Report Gives Safe Harbor on Info Sharing
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said financial institutions will be shield from civil liability under the Patriort Act if they share information with each other about crimes such as mortgage fraud.
read full Dow Jones story

June 16, 2009

Interthinx Appeals to Treasury Secretary
Interthinx outlined key mortgage fraud issues facing the industry in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither and others on Capitol Hill.
read press release

June 15, 2009

Delaware Forms Fraud Task Force
Delaware's attorney general's office forme a mortgage fraud task force.
read story at The News Journal

Texas AG Discusses Mortgage Fraud
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott talked about the growing problem of mortgage fraud. He hosted a recent conference that enabled participants, including government agents, the private sector and other organizations -- shared information on attacking mortgage fraud.
read full story at KERA

June 11, 2009

Busines at Fraud Investigator Soars
Management Resources LTD of New York reported that the 300 fraud investigations it has conducted during the past 12 months is a 100 percent from 2007.

The Monroe, N.Y.-based civil and criminal investigative firm said it reviews data on income, assets and liabilities. It also reviews onsite property inspections
read full announcement

June 9, 2009

$37 Million Thrown at Fraud Problem
The secretaru of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told attendees at the National Fair Housing Alliance Conference that the fiscal 2010 budget requests $37 million for an agency-wide initiative to combat mortgage fraud and predatory lending.
read full speech at HUD.gov

June 8, 2009

Texas AG Holds Fraud Conference
The Texas Attorney General's office is holding a Mortgage Fraud Summit on June 15 at the University of Texas.
read full story at Austin Business Journal

Modesto Mortgage Fraud Team Assembled
The FBI, IRS and Secret Service have joined with local law enforcement officials in Modesto, Calif., to fight fraud in the San Joaquin Valley. In Stanislaus County, 40 mortgage fraud cases are open at any given time.
read story at Modesto Bee

June 5, 2009

Broker Busted in Murder-for-Hire
While cooperating with federal prosecutors after pleading guilty to a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme, Mahn Huu "Bruce" Doan, a South Philadelphia mortgage broker, allegedly tried to hire an undercover witness to murder attorney Anthony Quinn, kill a plaintiff in a lawsuit against him and maim another witness.
read full story at Philadelphia Inquirer

Francisco Mortgage Fraud Unit Shrinking
Delaware's attorney general announced the formation of a new Mortgage Fraud Task Force.
read story at the Denver Post

June 3, 2009

San Francisco Mortgage Fraud Unit Shrinking
The number of investigators in San Francisco's police department has dropped to eight from 19 in 1990.
read article at San Francisco Chronicle

Date Defendants State Amount Overview News
June 26 Joel D. Surprenant, Michael Duc Han, Benjamin Lucian Lucescu OR n.a. Defendants charged. The Oregonian


June 25 Francis R. Conti PA losses of over
Guilty plea for former Regal Financial Services employee. Builder

Erie Times-News

June 25 Hany Bekhit, Moemen Ibrahim, Alaa M. Abouelenein, Dijana Ibrahim, Scott McCann DE $500,000 Arrest in California. The Delaware Gazette


June 25 Bonnie Sweeten PA $100,000 Defendant's former boss knew nothing about loan from Gelt Financial Corp. in her name. Philadelphia Inquirer
June 25 Danny N. DeGrande, John M. Scherling CO $1,000,000 Indictment for former co-owner of Colorado Ice. The Pueblo Chieftain
June 24 Mayer Goldberger NY $2,300,000 Arrest over forging dead man's signature. Newsday
June 24 Ludford George Thompson, NJ n.a. Applications and income statements falsified to secure loans from Chevy Chase Bank and National City Bank. The Star-Ledger
June 24 Denise Bonfilio, Deborah Kitay PA n.a. Indictment over eight properties. The Tribune-Review

June 23 Richard Lisnek, LaSalle Title Co., Judy Kien, Alfredo Hilado, Mark Vargo, James Heiland, Brandon Bradford, Vlad Ostromogilsky, Alex Bulmash, Michael Bulmash, Allen Bulmash, Anthony Navickas, Lynn Liskiewicz, Joanne Ruiz, Kenneth Turner, Antoinette Laws IL $10,000,000 Broker and president of American Eagle Mortgage led scam. Also involved were Investment Mortgage Group U.S. Department of Justice

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June 23 Mhde Askar, Mahmoud Saleh, Advar Shaltapour aka 'Eddie Shaltapour,' Manuel Aguilar, Catherine Kirk, Warren McKeithen, Nancy S. Praseuth, Margarita Garcia, David Ibarra IL $17,200,000 Operators of M&M Millennium Management Co. indicted. U.S. Department of Justice

The Southtown Star

Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

June 23 Lilya Domnenko, Viktor Domnenko, Olanrewaju J. Okulaja, Festus Segbawu, Al Holman, Mhde Askar IL $3,000,000 Countrywide and Washington Mutual defrauded, according to charges. U.S. Department of Justice

The Southtown Star

Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

June 23 Lawrence A. Luckett IL $15,000,000 CEO of Home Mortgage Inc. charged by U.S. Attorney's Office for more than 450 fictitious loans to GMAC. U.S. Department of Justice

The Southtown Star

Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

Daily Herald

June 23 Alshawntus Beck, Michelle Parker, Steven Corbett aka 'Al Spann,' Kevin Keller, Jimmie D. Johnson, Otis Robinson III, IL $3,000,000 Mortgage broker among indicted. U.S. Department of Justice

The Southtown Star

Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

June 23 Mike L. Wilson CA n.a. Ponzi scheme operator accused of forging real estate documents. The Tribune
June 23 Laura Lassiter OH $1,400,000 Former Sunrise Mortgage Co. loan officer pleads guilty. The Newark Advocate
June 23 Thomas Prusik-Parkin NY $938,000 Borrower impersonated his dead mother to get mortgage. New York Daily News
June 22 Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. US settlement of
Settlement with 13 states over fraud on nontraditional loans. MortgageDaily.com
June 22 multiple NY n.a. 80 cases have been opened since March by New York's new mortgage and real estate fraud unit. Associated Press

New York Daily News


June 22 Carla Dutro, Maria "Gerlie" Guillermo, Alfred Ulat, Welton Kalani, Audra Palomares HI n.a. Another case filed against defendants affiliated with Accel Mortgage LLC. The Honolulu Advertiser

The Honolulu Advertiser

June 22 Maria E. Conrad, Gohar Mirza DC losses of
Indictment in case where E-Star Lending loan officers paid $400 for accountant to create false records. Washington Examiner

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