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Nov. 4, 2009

Over 100 Florida Arrests
The crackdown in Florida resulted in more than 100 arrests alreade.
read story from CFNews13.com
Nov. 3, 2009

NY Senate Hears Mortgage Fraud Testimony
A state senate committee in New York heard testimony from victims of mortgage fraud.
read story at the Legislative Gazette

Florida Fraud Flurry
The U.S. Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue planned a media blitz on mortgage fraud in Florida.
read Associated Press story
Oct. 30, 2009

Red Flags Rule Delayed
The Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that enforcement of the Red Flags Rule has been delayed.
read story at MortgageDaily.com
Oct. 27, 2009

Despite HVCC, Valuation Fraud to Rise
Despite the implementation of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct, a new report suggests that occurrences of fraudulent home valuations are expected to shoot up by one-quarter. The report also indicated that states with the highest risk of mortgage fraud are those states with the highest levels of foreclosures.
read full story at MortgageDaily.com
Oct. 18, 2009

Presidential Death Threats Force Secret Service to Shift Resources from Fraud
Mortgage fraud has taken a backseat as the Secret Service shifts resources to cope with an increase in death threats following the election of Barack Obama.
read full story at the Boston Globe
Oct. 13, 2009

Fraud Databases Explode
Just one day after Interthinx announced a nationwide mortgage fraud database, First American CoreLogic announced that its mortgage fraud repository is the biggest in the country.
read full announcement
Oct. 12, 2009

Lenders to Share Mortgage Fraud Data
A new collaboration between Interthinx Inc. and MERS has resulted in a massive database of mortgage fraud activity that will enable mortgage lenders to identify and share data about fraudulent transactions.
read full announcement
Oct. 1, 2009

Discounted Fraud Prevention
A fraud prevention firm promises that if its services don't identify twice as much mortgage fraud as its competitors, then lender customers will receive the service free for a limited period.
read full announcement

Income Analytics Added to Fraud Detection Tool
Risk analytics based on income verification have been integrated into a fraud prevention tool.
read full announcement
Sept. 20, 2009

Congress Mulling $200 Mil for Mortgage Fraud
Democrat U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican Sen. Jon Kyl have proposed legislation that would arm state and local prosecutors with up to $200 to fight mortgage fraud.
read story at the Miami Herald
Sept. 23, 2009

California County Nabs $1.7 Milion
The Ventura County District Attorney's Office received nearly $1.7 million in federal grants to fight mortgage fraud.
read story at Venture County Star

Mich. County Boost Fight Against Mortgage Fraud
Michigan's Ingham County Register of Deeds is leading a new campaign to fight mortgage fraud.
read story at WILX.com
Date Defendants State Amount Overview News
Nov. 13 Wildor Washington Jr., Scott Alexander, 4 others KS $14,000,000 Guilty plea. The Kansas City Star
Nov. 13 Brian Scott, Gerrylene Villanueva PA 6 properties, 1 for
Arraigned. The Scranton Times Tribune
Nov. 12 Brian K. Jackson, Cindy Birkland, Unlimited Properties, Sapphire Mortgage NV several transactions, 1 netted

Associated Press

Nov. 12 Damon Clark, Reginald Tardy MI restitution of
15- and 20-month sentences. WoodTV.com

The Grand Rapids Press

Nov. 12 James L. Mack, William E. Millat, Walter A. Millat OH $4,500,000 Indictment. Ohio RealEstateRama


Nov. 11 Katherine Vidaurri NM 7 counts Guilty plea. The Associated Press
Nov. 11 Timothy A. Brown IN $4,460.000 37-month sentence in case where Argent Mortgage Co. was among victims. Indianapolis Star
Nov. 10 Jeffrey Todd Crandall AZ several property sales inflated by 100s of thousands of dollars Guilty plea. ABC15.com
Nov. 10 Timothy A. Brown, Jerry J. Jaquess IN $4,500,000 37-month sentence. Indianapolis Business Journal
Nov. 10 Gary Mark Wood, Demetrius G. Rainer, Troy Anthony Smith, Christina H. Clark, Christine Calbert Gates, Denis Joseph Hickey, Willard Edward Wilson, Kelli A. Norwood, Joseph A. Woods NC sales prices of
Guilty plea. Charlotte Observer
Nov. 10 Everett Snellenberger MI na Minor sentencing. Jackson Citizen Patriot
Nov. 10 Clarence Lewis III TX $12,000,000 15-year sentence. Houston Chronicle

Texas RealEstateRama

Nov. 10 Katherine Vidaurri, also known as Katherine Pulliam and Katherine Padilla NM na Guilty plea for owner of Motown Mortgage Group. Albuquerque Journal
Nov. 9 Angelo Surveo Williams, Teresa Marie Wilson MI na Guilty verdict. Jackson Citizen Patriot
Nov. 9 Gary Mark Wood, Willard Edward Wilson NC na Charges filed. NewsChannel 36
Nov. 9 Juan Carlos Gonzalez FL $6,300,000 7-year sentence among 24 Jacksonville defendants charged. Part of 105 statewide arrests. Jacksonville Business Journal
Nov. 6 William E. Nichols LA $2,900,000 Guilty plea. MortgageDaily.com


Nov. 6 William Craig Straub FL $2,740,000 Guilty plea among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Lakeisha Gates, Gretchen Scott, Eric Scott FL $300,000 Guilty plea among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Robert W. Bentley FL $1,250,000 Arrest warrant sought among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Richard Likane FL $356,000 Arrest warrant sought among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Nelson Bryan Rivera Valentin FL $900,000 Charges among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Beatriz Sanchez FL $670,300 Fugitive sought among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Roy Watson FL $700,000 Arrest sought among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Jorge Socorro, Corey Brower, Sandi Brower FL na Sentencing of GreatStone execs among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Jason Anthony Martinez FL $4,000,000 Guilty plea among 30 Tampa arrests and part of 105 statewide arrests. SunCoast News
Nov. 6 Edward William Farley GA $20,000,000 Guilty plea. Associated Press


Nov. 6 Donald W. Linville, Jordan S. Alvarez, Sharon Keller Baker, Delvin R. Campbell, Lashonda Dudley-Williams, Jennifer Rosemarie Genus, Donna Nelson Gurlides, Jean Tan Jones, Timothy Lee Miller, Jeffrey Rubin, Mildred Ann Russell, Marshall Craig Scott (commonly known as Craig Scott), Cynthia Darlene Strickland, Fe V. Tan, Barry C. Westergom, Joseph Cirlot, Christopher Reid, Winslow Ballenger Wheeler, Cassie R. Clarkson FL na Former Compass Bank exec among 24 Jacksonville defendants charged. Part of 105 statewide arrests. Jacksonville.com

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