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Arizona Is Trying To Raid Mortgage Fraud Settlement Of $50 Million May 9, 2012

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The state of Arizona received $1.6 Billion from five mortgage lenders who settled their claim that they acted illegally in dealing with new homeowners. The majority of these funds are supposed to go to Arizona homeowners who are under water. However the new budget for the year has directed $50 million of these funds to go to the state coffers to balance the budget.

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Obama’s New Mortgage Working Group As Yet To Materialize May 3, 2012

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Where is The New Mortgage Working Group?

President Obama promised the American public that he was committed to resolving the housing crisis and millions of homeowners facing foreclosure.  That was at the end of January.  Sixty three days later, we still do not have the formation and staffing of the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Working Group. Mortgage fraud and many other factors lead us to the current housing crisis.  Where is President Obama’s promised help?

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Mortgage Fraud Mastermind Sentenced May 3, 2012

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James Mc Conville was sentenced to eight years in prison and must pay restitution to the tune of $7 million dollars for masterminding a mortgage fraud scheme has cause 80+ foreclosures in three separate condo communities in North County cities Escondido, CA and San Marcos, CA.  This investigation exposed a mortgage fraud scheme of $13+ million.

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Feds Get 10 Mortgage Fraud Convictions February 21, 2012

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Feds Get 10 Mortgage Fraud Convictions

Four people have been convicted of mortgage fraud to the tune of $20.5 million. The mortgage fraud ring was run by former Dallas Cowboy’s linebacker Eugene Lockhart.  With this conviction, it bring the number of co conspirators to 10.

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Two People Charged With Real Estate Fraud February 17, 2012

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Two People Charged With Real Estate Fraud

Two individuals have been charged with real estate fraud. The accused allegedly obtained straw borrowers to obtain two mortgage loans to the tune of $500,000

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Mortgage Companies hire private investigators to investigate mortgage fraud April 10, 2011

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Law enforcement is permitted to lie to you to secure a confession.  However, there are restrictions in what they could lie about.  However, private citizens including private investigators can lie to you.  Thus, if you get contacted by an investigator that is looking into your loan application, you may want to speak to an attorney before you say or do anything.  I would be especially concerned if the investigator actually shows up at your house.  To illustrate this point, consider this example from a recent case I had:

My client (who denied any wrong doing) was visited by a local investigator who was working on behalf of a company called Armitage & Associates based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The letter indicates that “Armitage & Associates and Investigative Solutions, LLC have been retained by Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) to reverify, as part of an internal control process, the facts and circumstances surrounding the mortgage loan application by ….”.  The letter goes on to say that “a quality control audit is in effect for the above mortgage loan transaction.  This is NOT an attempt to collect a debt or legal issues; this is strictly an attempt to confirm information on your original loan application, which is required as part of a routine quality control audit.  Your interview is necessary in order to finalize and close this file.  Your prompt attention and cooperation is appreciated”.

OK, let’s break this down.  This company is going through some type of quality control audit for a mortgage that was written some time ago.  Oddly enough, the property in question went into foreclosure.  If there is a quality control audit going on, couldn’t they just call you and ask you some questions?  Or, couldn’t they just mail you some information to fill out?  Instead, MGIC would rather hire one company that would then hire another company to come to your house and speak with you.  Of course, instead of just sending anyone to you, they hire and send out “investigators”.  Why are private investigators involved in a quality control audit?  Why are they spending so much money just to look into quality control for an application from several years ago?  None of it adds up does it?

Looking at Armitage’s website, one will see that they have a big focus on mortgage fraud.   They say that: “Our mortgage fraud investigation team is comprised of former mortgage insurance industry insiders – loan originators, underwriters and loan processors.  Along with our unique blend of innovative and traditional investigative techniques, we have the knowledge and insights to know exactly what information is needed and how to obtain it.  You can rely on our mortgage fraud investigation team for reliable research, detailed reports and prompt turnaround time.”

Their website also includes testimonials, such as this one “Over the past 4 years we have used Rico Garcia and Armitage & Associates to investigate mortgage fraud involving lenders, brokers, mortgage loan originators, processors, realtors, appraisers, and borrowers. The success of each of our lawsuits against any of the above named “fraudsters” was the direct result of the investigative work of Armitage & Associates.”   Doesn’t sound like an audit to me.  While Armitage does indicate that they offer quality control services, mortgage fraud does seem to be a major focus for them. 

Why would MGIC be looking into old mortgage applications?  When a bank forecloses on a home with an insured mortgage, companies such as MGIC are on the hook for the payments.  If they can prove that there was fraud, they may be able to get out of paying up.  For example, in one California case involving a dispute with Countrywide, MGIC indicated that they performed an investigation and “first, contrary to Countrywide’s insurance application, [the borrower] was never an account executive at GNG Investments.  There is no such enterprise operating in Santa Clara or anywhere else in California.  Nor did she earn $13,494 per month, as Countrywide represented.  Instead, she earned $3,901.58 per month as a janitor for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. … she never had a bank account at Wells Fargo, let alone one worth $45,000.  Nor did she put a $30,000 down payment—or a down payment of any amount—on her house”.

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Woman Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Scheme to Obtain Mortgage Loans June 17, 2010

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Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor today announced charges against a Kearny woman who allegedly orchestrated a scheme to steal millions of dollars by obtaining mortgage loans using false identities and counterfeit documents.

According to Director Taylor, Genilza R. Nunes, 36, of Kearny, was arrested on March 9 by detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice Major Crimes Bureau as a result of an ongoing investigation into the conspiracy. She was charged by complaint with first-degree conspiracy, first-degree money laundering, second-degree securities fraud and second-degree theft by deception. She has been held in state custody since that time with bail set at $2 million.

Because the investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice is ongoing, the charges were not announced until today. Nunes was charged today with other defendants in a federal investigation into related activities announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI in Newark.

The state investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Major Crimes Bureau determined that Nunes and a number of co-conspirators allegedly were involved in a sophisticated, multi-million dollar mortgage loan fraud scheme operating in northern New Jersey, including Morris, Hudson, Union and Essex Counties. The fraudulent enterprise allegedly included licensed and unlicensed professionals, including real estate agents, mortgage loan brokers, real estate appraisers, notaries, lawyers, straw buyers and counterfeit document makers.

Nunes allegedly was one of the people responsible for creating phony documents, including false identification cards, fraudulent financial documents, inflated real estate appraisals, altered real estate transfer documents, and fraudulent government documents, including U.S. passports and numerous state motor vehicle licenses. Nunes and others involved in the scheme used false names and the fraudulent documents to disguise their true identities.

Nunes and her co-conspirators allegedly defrauded numerous lending institutions of millions of dollars through what is known as a “short sale mortgage loan property flip scheme.” A “short sale” is a type of pre-foreclosure sale of real estate where the lender holding the mortgage agrees to permit the property to be sold for a price less then the amount due on the mortgage loan. Short sales have become more prevalent due to the recent economic downturn.

In this case, individuals involved in the scheme were purchasing the properties as straw buyers, using false identities supported by counterfeit driver’s licenses, false financial records, and fictitious credit histories. Through a series of fraudulent transactions, the short sale properties were then sold or “flipped” at inflated values derived from fraudulent appraiser reports. A second straw buyer applied for a mortgage loan on the inflated property and obtained the loan under a false identity. The short sale property was then purchased with the loan proceeds, and, by design, the straw buyer made no payments on the loan, causing a loan default.

Because the straw buyer used a false identity, the lending institution was unable to locate the borrower. The difference between the sales price for the short sale transaction and the inflated loan obtained represented the net proceeds of the fraudulent scheme. Typically Nunes and her co-conspirators obtained $100,000 to $300,000 per transaction.

The state alleges Nunes was responsible for cultivating and creating straw buyers, including real and fake persons, for the purpose of engaging in the scheme. The state has specifically alleged that Nunes engaged in fraudulent transactions involving five properties, with a total fraud of $2,152,800. However, it is believed that the scheme is much larger. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.

Twenty-Eight Charged in Coordinated Mortgage Fraud Takedown in Northern New Jersey June 16, 2010

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Nine criminal complaints unsealed today charged 28 individuals with participating in various mortgage fraud scams that collectively sought to defraud lenders out of more than $5.5 million and involved more than 17 New Jersey properties.

The charged defendants include 12 real estate agents, four investors, four mortgage consultants, three fraudulent document makers, two accountants, an appraiser, a bank employee, and a mortgage broker. Twenty-three of the defendants were arrested this morning as a result of a coordinated law enforcement investigation into mortgage fraud in northern New Jersey. Of the remaining defendants, one is in state custody on related charges, one is scheduled to self-surrender, and three remain at large.

A 29th defendant, a fraudulent document maker involved in several of the charged scams, was previously charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and arrested on March 9, 2010. He has been in federal custody since his arrest.

According to the complaints filed in these cases, the defendants sought to obtain fraudulent mortgages for real estate transactions involving prospective purchasers who were not qualified to obtain the loans they were seeking To do so, the defendants made, obtained and presented to mortgage lenders documents that falsified the purported borrowers’ employment, inflated their income and assets, and provided other fraudulent information. In some cases, those documents included fraudulent W-2 forms; pay stubs; employment verification letters; bank account statements; tax returns; addresses and telephone numbers for borrowers and purported employers; and identification documents such as driver’s licenses and social security cards.

The 29 defendants, listed on the attached chart by complaint, range in age from 27 to 77 and live in eight of New Jersey’s 21 counties—Essex, Bergen, Union, Hudson, Burlington, Monmouth, Morris and Passaic. Some of the fraudulent schemes alleged in the complaints involve loans issued in connection with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is a division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The FHA encourages designated lenders to make mortgage loans to qualified borrowers by protecting against loan defaults through a government-backed payment guarantee. Other loans involved in the scheme are what is known as “conventional” mortgage loans, which lenders underwrite and fund using their own funds and credit lines. After funding the conventional mortgage loans, the lenders can either service the loans themselves during the mortgage loan period or sell the loans to institutional investors in the secondary market.

Each of the 28 defendants is charged with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution and one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million. One defendant, Roberta Ferreira is charged in two complaints and faces an additional count each of wire fraud and bank fraud conspiracy.

United States v. Rodrigo Molina, et al., Mag. No. 10-3127 (PS)

This complaint charges four individuals: Rodrigo Molina, a licensed real estate agent; Domingo Fuentes, an investor who owned multiple companies he used to purchase real estate properties; Manuel Salgado, an accountant with a purported tax-filing service; and Vilma Dacruz, a bank employee. The defendants provided a loan officer with false W-2 Forms, tax returns, utilities statements, and bank statements, as well as a fraudulent driver’s license and social security card. Among other things, Molina and Fuentes provided fraudulent employment and wage documents, Salgado provided false tax returns, and Dacruz provided a false letter purportedly issued by her employer, a major bank, with false balance information on an account that did not exist.

United States v. Eugenio Mendes, Mag. No. 10-3128 (PS)

Eugenio Mendes, a licensed real estate agent, obtained fraudulent documents, including W-2s, pay stubs, bank statements, and copies of a driver’s license and social security card, all of which he used in an effort to obtain mortgages to which he was not entitled. Mendes procured these documents from co-conspirator Jairo Nunes, a document maker previously charged in a separate complaint (Mag. No. 10-8033), from whom Mendes had obtained fraudulent documents for approximately five years. One of the purported borrowers whose identity Mendes used to obtain a mortgage loan was an illegal alien. A search of Nunes’ home on March 9, 2010, revealed a thumb drive that contained a folder labeled “DOCUMENTOS EUGENIO,” which contained some of the fraudulent documents that Mendes had provided to obtain mortgage loans.

United States v. Lucilene Guido, Mag. No. 10-3124 (PS)

This complaint charges three individuals: Lucilene Guido, a real estate agent and former loan officer at a northern New Jersey mortgage company; Roberta Ferreira, a licensed real estate agent registered with a Riverside, N.J., realty company; and Genilza Nunes, a licensed real estate agent registered with the same realty company, but working out of a Newark, N.J. office. The defendants obtained false bank statements and identification documents from Jairo Nunes, who produced the documents at their request. Genilza Nunes produced additional fraudulent documents, including W-2s, tax returns, and false pay stubs purportedly from a New Jersey trucking company, and verified a prospective borrower’s employment via telephone. Defendants sent Jairo Nunes detailed instructions regarding changes to the fraudulent bank statements he had created so they could ensure the loan would proceed without a snag. During a search of Genilza Nunes’ office, law enforcement officers found a telephone labeled with the name of the fictitious trucking company, as well as other telephones labeled with the names of other non-existent companies.

United States v. Rogerio Silva, et al., Mag. No. 10-3130 (PS)

Rogerio Silva and Rui Talaia were licensed real estate agents and brokers of record at separate realty companies located in Riverside and Kearny, New Jersey, respectively. These individuals worked with Jairo Nunes to obtain documents that he created at their request, including false employment and income verification and bank account documents. The fraudulent documents, in the name of a purported buyer of real estate, included W-2s, pay stubs, a fraudulent bank verification letter, and bank statements. Relying on these documents, the victim bank transferred approximately $455,534 to New Jersey for the defendants’ benefit. Only one mortgage payment was made on a mortgage now in default. The defendants used additional false documents in an effort to obtain more loans. The search of Jairo Nunes’ home revealed a thumb drive that contained a folder labeled “ROGERIO” and included some of the fraudulent documents that Silva and Talaia had provided in an attempt to get the fraudulent loans.

United States v. Joelma Graca, Mag. No. 10-3129 (PS)

Joelma Graca, a real estate agent in Newark, and John Malheiro, a mortgage loan officer for two different New Jersey mortgage companies, sought mortgage loans via fraudulent bank statements, pay stubs, W-2s, and a loan application. For example, one buyer worked at a paint company, but was not earning enough to qualify for a mortgage loan so they instead claimed he worked at a consulting firm. Per their respective roles in the scheme, Graca identified the prospective borrowers and Malheiro located the properties to be purchased.

United States v. Viviane Bernardim, Mag. No. 10-3126 (PS)

This complaint charges eight individuals: Viviane Bernardim, a mortgage consultant; Theresa Dattalo, a mortgage loan officer, real estate agent and owner of a title company; Matthew DiBenedetto, a licensed appraiser and broker of record for a Newark real estate agency; Genady Macedo, a real estate agent; Sarah Santos, a mortgage consultant; Ioneides Sousa, a real estate investor; Iodete Pereira, who assisted in transactions; and Jorge Toledo, a real estate agent. The defendants obtained false documents from Jairo Nunes and used false W-2s, pay stubs and bank statements, as well as tax returns, to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans. A co-conspirator described one document maker involved in the scheme as a “broker of identities” for more than 30 years, who bought identities from people who were leaving the U.S. and sold them to others. The complaint also alleges that another co-conspirator described some of their current loan transactions as having been “put together with spit.”

United States v. Simone Fernandes, Mag. No. 10-3131 (PS)

Simone Fernandes obtained fraudulent documents created by Jairo Nunes—including pay stubs, W-2s, bank statements, tax returns, and copies of a driver’s license and social security card—and submitted these documents in support of a fraudulent loan application. When the loan officer expressed amazement at the quality and thoroughness of the documents Fernandes and Jairo Nunes had provided, they both told the loan officer that they once had spent an entire day at the computer thinking of all aspects of a real estate transaction for which they could create false documents. The search of Jairo Nunes’ home revealed a thumb drive that contained a folder labeled “SIMONE,” which contained numerous false documents that Jairo Nunes had created for Fernandes. Fraudulent documents were found in the “SIMONE” folder pertaining to at least 14 additional individuals.

United States v. Edivaldo dos Santos, Mag. No. 10-3125 (PS)

This complaint charges six defendants: Edivaldo Dos Santos, a former loan officer holding himself out as a mortgage consultant; Roberta Ferreira (also charged in the U.S. v. Lucilene Guido et al. complaint); Ricardo Muniz, employed in the construction industry; Faye Cargill-Flores, a certified public accountant in Morristown, N.J.; Maria Lourdes Sousa, who worked in the healthcare industry and lived in Paterson, N.J.; and Rosa Damasceno, the owner of a Newark company that provided tax services and driver education in Belleville. Muniz sought to obtain property and cash back at closing, and the co-conspirators provided falsely inflated income information regarding Muniz to help him get the loan. Sousa made false pay stubs and her sister, Damasceno, made falseW-2s and tax returns. The defendants provided the false documents to a loan officer in an effort to obtain a mortgage to which they were not entitled.

United States v. Raquel Berger, Mag. No. 10-3132 (PS)

Raquel Berger, a real estate agent and the broker of record and franchise owner of a realty company in Hillside, N.J., and Cesar DeSouza, who operated an accounting and tax preparation business in Newark, obtained fraudulent documents made by Damasceno (DeSouza’s wife) in support of unqualified borrowers in order to obtain mortgage loans to which they were not entitled. To increase their chance of getting a loan approved, they prepared amended, false tax returns that fraudulently inflated the borrower’s stated earnings.

This case was prosecuted as part of the District of New Jersey’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force (MFTF), which was formally started in 2008, and was among the first such FBI-funded task forces in the country. This case was also brought in coordination with President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal executive branch, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of financial crimes.

U.S. Attorney Fishman praised agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ward in Newark, and the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Edward J. De Fazio, for their work leading the investigation of this case. He also credited the other members of the MFTF, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their important contributions to the investigation. Fishman also thanked the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; the U.S. Social Security Administration; and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for their assistance.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Coyne, Christine Magdo and Robert Marasco of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

DEFENDANT
(by complaint)
AGE RESIDENCE ROLE
Mag. No. 10-3127      
Rodrigo Molina 56 Belleville, NJ Real Estate Agent
Domingo Fuentes 77 Bloomfield, NJ Investor
Manuel Salgado 73 Newark, NJ Document Maker
Vilma Dacruz 45 North Arlington, NJ Bank Employee
Mag. No. 10-3128      
Eugenio Mendes 49 Cranford, NJ Real Estate Agent
Mag. No. 10-3124      
Lucilene Guido, a/k/a Lucilene Da Silva Rios, a/k/a Lucy Guido 31 Kearny, NJ Real Estate Agent
(and former loan officer)
Roberta Ferreira 27 Kearny, NJ Real Estate Agent
Genilza Nunes, a/k/a Geane Nunes 36 Kearny, NJ Real Estate Agent/Document Maker
Mag. No. 10-3130      
Rogerio Silva 44 Riverside, NJ Real Estate Agent/Document Maker
Rui Talaia 46 Rutherford, NJ Real Estate Agent
Mag. No. 10-3129      
Joelma Graca 43 Newark, NJ Real Estate Agent
John Malheiro 35 Little Ferry, NJ Mortgage Broker
Mag. No. 10-3126      
Viviane Bernardim, a/k/a Viviane Bernardin, a/k/a Viviane Pereira 33 Aberdeen, NJ Mortgage Consultant
Theresa Dattalo 53 Randolph, NJ Real Estate Agent/Mortgage Broker/Title Agent
Matthew DiBenedetto 66 Freehold, NJ Appraiser
Genady Macedo 40 Newark, NJ Real Estate Agent
Iodete Pereira 51 Elizabeth, NJ Investor
Sarah Santos 29 Newark, NJ Mortgage Consultant
Ioneides Sousa 49 Newark, NJ Investor
Jorge Toledo, a/k/a Vinny Toledo 29 Aberdeen, NJ Real Estate Agent
Mag. No. 10-3131      
Simone Fernandes 32 Hillside, NJ Mortgage Consultant
Mag. No. 10-3125      
Edivaldo dos Santos, a/k/a Eddie Dos Santos 52 Harrison, NJ Mortgage Consultant
Roberta Ferreira 27 Kearny, NJ Real Estate Agent
Ricardo Muniz 39 Newark, NJ Investor
Faye B. Cargill-Flores, a/k/a Faye Flores 48 Morristown, NJ Certified Public Accountant/ Document Maker
Maria Lourdes Sousa, a/k/a Lourdes Sousa 57 Paterson, NJ Document Maker
Rosa Damasceno 59 Belleville, NJ Accountant/Document Maker
Mag. No. 10-3132      
Raquel Berger 41 Union, NJ Real Estate Agent
Cesar DeSouza, a/k/a Geraldo DeSouza 55 Belleville, NJ Document Maker
Mag. No. 10-8033      
Jairo Nunes
(arrested 3/9/10)
34 Newark, NJ Document Maker

Man Charged with Participating in Mortgage Fraud Scheme June 2, 2010

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RAB NAWAZ, of Harbor View Avenue, Waterford, Connecticut, has been charged by federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and with obstruction of justice. NAWAZ was arrested this morning at his residence. He was released on a $100,000 bond secured by property.

According to statements made in court, NAWAZ is alleged to have conspired with Syed A. Babar and others in a mortgage fraud scheme involving real estate throughout Connecticut. As part of the scheme, it is alleged that NAWAZ purchased homes in New London and sold them to straw buyers at artificially inflated prices that, typically, were supported by fraudulent appraisals. Although the straw buyers would represent that they intended to occupy the homes as their primary residence, they had no intention of doing so, defaulted on the loans and allowed the homes to go into foreclosure. The co-conspirators are alleged to have profited from the proceeds of the fraudulently inflated loans.

According to statements previously made in court, it is alleged that members of the conspiracy conducted this scheme on more than 25 properties in New London, New Haven, and other locations in Connecticut. As a result, it is alleged that various lenders suffered a loss of at least $2.5 million.

Babar was indicted on related charges on April 27, 2010, and was arrested on May 14. On May 20, it is alleged that NAWAZ met with a co-conspirator in the case and advised him about certain evidence that the government had presented during Babar’s detention hearing. During their meeting, it is alleged that NAWAZ instructed the co-conspirator as to what he should and should not admit knowing to government investigators. Bad move.

Two Denver Men Indicted for Mortgage Fraud March 18, 2010

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Shawn R. Tieskotter, age 36, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Craig D. Patterson, age 30, of Littleton, Colorado, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on March 10, 2010, on charges of money laundering, wire and mail fraud. Patterson was arrested by federal agents without incident. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver on March 12, 2010, for an initial appearance where he was advised of the charges pending against him.

According to the indictment, between March 26, 2005, and continuing through June 30, 2005, in Colorado and elsewhere, Shawn Tieskotter and Craig Patterson knowingly executed and attempted to execute a scheme to defraud various financial institutions as well as commercial mortgage lenders. The scheme was executed in connection with residential mortgage loan applications relating to 13 properties in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The neighborhoods included Aurora, Centennial, Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock.

As part of the scheme, Tieskotter and Patterson prepared, submitted and caused to prepare and submit applications for residential mortgage loans and related documents in Tieskotter’s name. The applications included a first mortgage and second mortgage for each of the 13 properties. Each of these applications contained materially false and fraudulent representations that Tieskotter intended to use the property as his primary residence and most of the applications contained materially false and fraudulent representations about the extent of Tieskotter’s liabilities related to the other residential mortgage loans.

It was further part of the scheme for Tieskotter and Patterson to hide from lenders the extent of Tieskotter’s liabilities for the other mortgages, before such liabilities would appear on Tieskotter’s credit reports. At the time of closing, Tieskotter and Patterson caused additional disbursements of monies to PK Design Group, LLC, an entity controlled by Patterson, or Dream Design, a trade name for an entity controlled by Tieskotter. Tieskotter and Patterson concealed from the lenders and other parties associated with the transactions their control of these entities.

Upon conviction of the alleged offenses, Tieskotter and Patterson shall forfeit to the United States all property constituting or derived from proceeds traceable to the commission of the offense, including but not limited to a sum of money equal to $219,566 for money laundering and $4,710,666.86 for wire and mail fraud charges.