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Former Bank SVP Charged with Mortgage Fraud

Joseph W. Traxler, 63, Bloomington, Minnesota, the former senior vice president and chief financial officer for Centennial Mortgage and Funding, Inc. (“Centennial”), was charged with defrauding a bank of approximately $8 million through material omissions and misrepresentations concerning Centennial’s operations and mortgage loans entered by Centennial.

Traxler was charged via an Information with one count of aiding and abetting bank fraud.

Allegedly, from 2007 through 2008, Traxler, an accountant, fraudulently used funds intended for mortgage loans to cover Centennial’s operating losses and to fund the company’s payroll and other expenses. Specifically, when a home buyer applied to Centennial for a mortgage loan, Centennial requested an advance of funding from one of the lines of credit it held with various banks. Once that lender approved the advance, funds were deposited into an account that Centennial used to make the mortgage loan to the buyer at the transaction closing.

During the alleged period, Traxler allegedly (1) made misrepresentations to lenders about the status of existing mortgage loans to induce them to advance additional funds; (2) concealed from lenders existing mortgage loan defaults; (3) concealed that he had secured double funding for 23 mortgage loans; and, (4) wrote checks between Centennial’s accounts at different banks in an effort to falsely inflate account balances and thereby allow checks that would have otherwise bounced to clear.

If convicted, Traxler faces a potential maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tracy L. Perzel and Kimberly A. Svendsen.

A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.

Courtesy Mortgage Fraud Blog

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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Saks • October 05 2011 02:58PM


What is really unfortunate, we all pay for this fraud. It also hurts every lender and loan officer from a creditibility standpoint.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 9 years ago

A reprehensible crime such as this casts a pall, a numbing dread about the integrity of our business leaders and dramatically reduces the confidence we have in the captains of the industry, Joe. I'm very sorry for his colleagues. Especially so for those who ascribe to the virtues of an ethical and honorable code conforming to accepted standards of social and professional behavior.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 9 years ago

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