David Saks: Short Sale Fraudster Goes to Jail

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Short Sale Fraudster Goes to Jail

Short Sale Fraudster Goes to Jail

Anna McElaney, 40, Norwalk, Connecticut, was sentenced by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport, Connecticut to eight months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, the first six months of which McElaney must spend in home confinement, for her involvement in a “short sale” mortgage fraud scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, McElaney, a real estate agent, and Sergio Natera, also a real estate agent, defrauded Regions Bank, which held two mortgages on a residential property in Bridgeport, Connecticut

On December 5, 2007, McElaney, who was a listing agent for the property, received an offer to purchase the property for a price of $132,500.  However, McElaney and Natera informed Regions Bank that the highest offer to purchase the property was for $102,375 and that it was made by BOS Asset Management, LLC.  McElaney and Natera concealed from Regions Bank that there was a higher offer by another bidder, that Natera owned BOS Asset Management, LLC, and that McElaney and Natera planned to keep the difference between the two prices.  Based on the false and incomplete information provided to it, Regions Bank agreed to the short sale for the lower price, and released its mortgages on the property.

On June 9, 2008, McElaney and Natera arranged for two sales of the property to occur on the same day.  The first sale was from the owner of the property to BOS Asset Management, LLC for $102,375; the second sale was from BOS Asset Management, LLC to the original bidder on the property for $132,500.  McElaney and Natera retained the difference between the two sale prices.

On February 19, 2010, McElaney pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.  Natera pleaded guilty to the same charge on February 11, 2010.  He awaits sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ann M. Nevins.

In July 2009, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the formation of the Connecticut Mortgage Fraud Task Force to investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud cases and related financial crimes occurring in Connecticut.  Citizens are encouraged to report any suspected mortgage fraud activity by calling 203-333-3512 and requesting the Connecticut Mortgage Fraud Task Force, or by sending an email to ctmortgagefraud@ic.fbi.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Connecticut Mortgage Fraud Task Force includes representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General, and State of Connecticut Department of Banking.

To report financial fraud crimes, and to learn more about the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, please visit ww.stopfraud.gov.

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced the sentence.

"This prosecution should serve as a warning to real estate agents and others who seek to take advantage of the current financial crisis by defrauding lenders through short sale fraud schemes,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.

Courtesy Mortgage Fraud Blog




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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Saks • July 27 2011 11:02AM

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Great posting, David!!  Since, short sales have been about 60% of my business over the last 3 years... I love seeing these real life stories of those brokers who try to take advantage of the banks, and the sellers, with all this predatory short sale investor schemes.   Kudos to Region bank.  It is NO wonder that the banks are having to deal with the short sale brokers in the manner that they do. 

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) over 8 years ago

Appreciate your thoughts, Dan. Have a fine week ahead.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 8 years ago

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