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Two More Convicted of Mortgage Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s Office September 07, 2012
  • Northern District of Florida (850) 942-8430

PENSACOLA, FL—In February, Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced that nine defendants had been federally indicted for their involvement in several multi-jurisdictional mortgage fraud schemes and that two previously indicted defendants had been sentenced to prison. Today, two additional defendants have been found guilty and now await sentencing.

Raysean K. Richardson, 27, of New York, was found guilty today of all counts following a week-long trial in Pensacola before Chief United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers. In September 2011, a federal grand jury in Pensacola returned a three-count indictment against Richardson charging conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. A jury found today that Richardson obtained fraudulent mortgage loans of $617,500 to purchase a Navarre residence in July 2007. As part of the conspiracy, in a series of financial transactions following the loan closing, Richardson received approximately $135,961 in kickbacks. Evidence at trial also showed that, during the two and a half months leading up to Richardson’s fraudulent purchase of the Navarre home, Richardson obtained fraudulent mortgages of $449,800 for a two unit residence in Los Angeles, California, and fraudulent mortgages of $536,000 for two townhomes in Sarasota, Florida. Richardson faces up to 20 years in prison on each count and is scheduled for sentencing on November 19, 2012.

Earlier today, Keasha Rogers, 36, of Atlanta, pled guilty before Senior United States District Court Judge Lacey Collier. In December 2011, a federal grand jury in Pensacola returned a six-count indictment against Rogers and a co-defendant, charging each with mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. In a statement to the court as part of her plea, Rogers admitted to obtaining fraudulent mortgage loans to purchase a residence in Navarre. As part of the conspiracy, Rogers received approximately $47,000 in kickbacks from the $630,000 loan she obtained to purchase the home. Rogers pled guilty to counts one, three, and six of the indictment and now faces sentencing on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, one count of mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Rogers faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count and will be sentenced by Senior Judge Collier on November 27, 2012.

“These convictions are a continuation of this office’s commitment to combat mortgage fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Marsh. “These are complicated and difficult matters to investigate and prosecute, but, clearly, the evidence gathered by the investigators and presented by the prosecutor was solid and persuasive. I am deeply grateful for the dedicated and professional team of agents and attorneys whose tremendous work led to this result.”

Approximately a year ago, many indictments were announced as part of Operation Stolen Dreams, a nationwide sweep targeting fraudulent mortgage loans. The investigation was the largest collective enforcement effort ever brought to bear in confronting the problem. The national emphasis was initiated by the Mortgage Fraud Working Group of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which was established to lead an aggressive, coordinated effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.

Today’s convictions are the result of ongoing investigations being handled by special agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany H. Eggers.

source: FBI

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Comment balloon 3 commentsDavid Saks • September 10 2012 01:47PM


Do you have a system for "searching for mortgage fraud" samples and situations?   Please advise.  Shanna

Posted by Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616, Top 0.33 percent of 39,000 Realtors in our MLS (Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT)) about 8 years ago

That is very interesting. Like Shanna says, do you have a system for "searching for mortgage fraud." We need to be very aware. Thanks for sharing this with us, David.

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) about 8 years ago

Shanna, Tamra, I review FBI and other financial crime reporting daily for recent prosecution, indictments, sentencing and information relevant to real estate fraud. Click the red button below for more cases. Thanks for your comments.

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