David Saks: Mortgage Fraud Swindler Report - Prez of Asset Mgmt Defrauded Millions

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Mortgage Fraud Swindler Report - Prez of Asset Mgmt Defrauded Millions

Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Central Indiana Man on Bank, Wire Fraud Charges
President of Local Business Defrauded Banks Across Indiana of Millions

U.S. Attorney’s Office September 12, 2013
  • Southern District of Indiana (317) 226-6333

INDIANAPOLIS—Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Todd Van Natta, of Seymour and Columbus, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence to 60 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of bank fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and two counts of tax fraud. Van Natta was also ordered to pay $6,977,470 in restitution to his victims. Today’s hearing follows Van Natta’s 2012 indictment for operating a scheme that defrauded local Indiana banks of more than $10 million over two years.

“This criminal scheme was fueled by greed and left behind a trail of victims across the Hoosier State,” Hogsett said. “As Mr. Van Natta learned today, embracing such a culture of corruption doesn’t pay. You will be caught, and you will be brought to justice.”

Van Natta was the president and manager of the Seymour-based Van Natta Asset Management LLC, along with a variety of related companies.

The company was involved in commercial and residential real estate projects, as well as the aviation business.

Beginning in March 2007 and continuing until 2009, Van Natta devised a scheme to defraud financial institutions, obtaining large sums of money under false pretenses. Van Natta accomplished this by preparing and submitting numerous false documents to banks throughout central and southern Indiana, including local financial institutions headquartered in Bartholomew, Decatur, Washington, Morgan, and Monroe Counties.

By using these false documents, including fraudulently created tax returns that hid the true income and financial affairs of Van Natta’s family members, the defendant was able to secure a number of substantial loans from the financial institutions for a variety of purposes.

These loans included $3.8 million for a property in Evansville, $2.1 million for multiple properties in Seymour, and $3.1 million for a variety of properties in Fort Wayne. Loans were also taken out to purchase a 1970 Cessna Aircraft ($100,000) and a 2007 Fantasy Yacht ($550,000).

In addition, Van Natta defrauded a resident of Utah by falsely claiming that he was the owner of an aircraft that the defendant had listed for sale. Van Natta then accepted thousands of dollars from the individual, ostensibly for the purchase and upgrade of the aircraft. At no time did Van Natta actually own the aircraft in question, nor was it ever delivered to the individual as per the purchase agreement.

According to Senior Litigation Counsel Steven D. DeBrota and Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryAnn Mindrum, who prosecuted the case for the government, Van Natta was ordered to pay full restitution to his victims and must serve five years of federally supervised release at the end of his prison term. The federal government has filed its intention to seize Van Natta’s assets that were attained through criminal activity. This prosecution was the result of a collaborative investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.

source: FBI


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Comment balloon 6 commentsDavid Saks • September 12 2013 07:53PM


Never pleasant to hear about stuff like this, but people need to know. Thanks for posting.

Posted by Julie Baldino, Opening Doors to New Chapters... (Front Door Realty) over 6 years ago

They sure do, Julie. Vigilance is a good thing. Glad to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

Glad to hear they were caught and convicted, David.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Well Crime did pay now so must he ..

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 6 years ago

Big losses in this tragic case, Gabe.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

It'll sure be tough for him to repay anything if he's manufacturing license plates for a living for the next five years, Hannah.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

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