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Last Updated Friday, November 23, 2007, 5:00 PM Texas Time
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November 21, 2007

3 Charged In Luxury Home Scam
Harold Stafford, owner of Stafford Lease Group, and Miles Jackson Black and Jeffrey Dunn Hatchcock have been charged with wire and bank fraud for devising a straw buyer plot that involved 22 luxury homes in Kentucky and over $5.3 million which they have been ordered to forfeit.
read story from The Star News

Judge Admits To Mortgage Fraud
Municipal court judge Melanie Gebbia pleaded guilty to her roll in a wide spread mortgage fraud scam in New Jersey where she admittedly prepared false mortgage settlement documents that caused nearly $2.4 million in foreclosure losses, in exchange for more than $50,000 that she never reported on her taxes.
read story from The Star-Ledger

Florida Woman Shares Name And Credit
Sharon M. Williams was surprised to find that another Florida resident had the same name as she did, however, what made her angry was that her "twin" had stolen her credit information and drove it into the ground.
read story from MySA.com

Fake IDs Acquire Mortgages
Larry Maxwell is being charged with identity theft for fraudulently obtaining two mortgages for $171,000 on homes in Minneapolis by using a fake drivers licence, social security card, bank and tax statements, and a false W-2 form.
read story from WCCO

November 20, 2007

Scam Sparks Demand For Tougher Laws
Prompted by an alleged mortgage fraud scheme by Wesley Snyder, who has been accused of defrauding 500 individuals out of millions of dollars, PA. State Representative Sam Rohrer and Lancaster County Representative John Bear want to push for new legislation and tougher laws on fraudulent practices.
read story from WPSU

Police Arrest Professional Identity Thief
Police in Coral Gables, Florida have arrested Thomas Barrett Stringer, who has been accused of using other people's identities to steal at least $100,000 in cash and other goods. Stringer has a history of 25 identity theft related arrests.
read story from WPLG Miami

Arkansas Woman Sentenced For Loan Fraud
Debby Cossitt was sentenced to 30 months and ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution in an Arkansas court for falsifying mortgage documents in order to increase her business and sell more mobile homes.
read story from KATV

November 19, 2007

Identity Protection Service Has New Feature
Intersections Inc., a leader in providing fraud protection and detection services to financial institutions, will now offer it's clients free fraud alerts on it's web-based IDENTITY GUARD product.

Last In Fraud Ring Sentenced
Bernnie Clark, former owner of St. Louis based World Wide Financial LLC, was the last to be tried and sentenced in a four person fraud ring that defrauded multiple mortgage lenders in a year long straw buyer scheme.
read story from The St. Louis Business Journal

U.K. Property Accounting Puts Information At Risk
The Land Registry system in the United Kingdom, which is accessible over the inter-net, was designed to account for who owns which property covering all the land in England and Wales. Hackers have apparently found loop holes in the system, putting sensitive mortgage and personal information at risk of being stolen.
read story from IBLS

Son Accused Of Stealing Parents Home
Paul Tartaglia Sr. and his wife Angela would not have suspected that their own son, Paul Tartaglia Jr., would sell their home out from beneath them, but that's exactly what he apparently did, only discovered when Tartaglia Sr. went to pay a water bill with the New Windsor, NY. town hall. His parents were not the only victims however, as others claim losses in total of up to $338,000.
read story from The Times-Herald Record

Guilty Plea Expected In PA. Fraud Case
Accused of being the ring leader of a mortgage fraud scam that involved nearly 200 Erie, PA. homes, and $1 million in loan losses, Robert L. Dodsworth is expected to plead guilty in his court case, although it remains unclear whether he agreed to cooperate and name other co-conspirators.
read story from GoErie.com

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