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Amy Budrys, Anthony Greer, Jennifer F. McKenzie, and Deborah A. King n/a n/a n/a Accused of stealing 100 files from their employer, Northside Mortgage, to take to a new company. n/a n/a n/a
Anthony Paglione n/a n/a $350,000 Paglione is accused of stealing $350,000 from borrower David Roscover. n/a n/a n/a
Blanca Maciel Sanchez n/a n/a n/a Arrested for falsely representing herself as a real estate agent and mortgage broker under the names Maciel Financial Services and First Continental Mortgage. n/a n/a n/a
Charles J. Antonucci Sr. U.S. Attorney's Office n/a $11,252,480 Antonucci admitted to securities fraud and attempting to obtain $11m from TARP, as well as to bribery and participating in a $37.5m scheme that left a bank in receivership. United States v. Antonucci n/a n/a
David Findel United States n/a $11,000,000 Defendant, former CEO of Worldwide Financial Resources Inc., pled guilty to wire fraud in connection with secondary lending fraud. United States v. Findel n/a 10/14/2010
Donna Shebetich United States of America U.S. District Court $1,000,000 Indictment of Metropolitan Savings Bank VP who allegedly underreported delinquency. n/a n/a 10/5/2010
Frederick Darren Berg U.S. Attorney's Office U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington $100,000,000 Berg is accused of running a $100m Ponzi scheme and concealing $400,000 from his bankruptcy trustee. United States v. Berg CR10-310 10/13/2010
Hawthorne Capital Corp. New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance n/a $41,000 Cease-and-desist order issued over alleged unpaid mortgage settlements. n/a n/a n/a
Howard Shmuckler n/a Prince George County $1,200,000 Indictment for owner of The Schmuckler Group. n/a n/a 11/30/2010
James Charles Nistler Oregon Department of Justice Oregon State Court-Jackson County $800,000 Oregon Attorney General prosecuted Nistler for fraud, theft, and racketeering. Oregon v. Nistler n/a n/a
Jean Teresa Hoffert U.S. Attorney's Office n/a n/a Hoffert was charged with 14 counts of mail fraud, when she allegedly stole proceeds from mortgage loan closings that were intended to payoff existing liens. United States v. Hoffert n/a n/a
Jeffrey Gonsiewski United States of America U.S. District Court $5,100,000 63-month sentence for banker who illegally changed loan terms. United States v. Gonsiewski n/a n/a
John A. Salzone Sr. State of New York Banking Department n/a n/a 1- to 3-year prison sentence for mortgage fraud through his company Catskill Mortgage. United States v. Salzone n/a n/a
John Puglisi, Jr. n/a n/a $150,000 Puglisi plead guilty to embezzling $150,000 from customers of Puglisi Funding, Inc. n/a n/a n/a
Lee Bentley Farkas U.S. Attorney's Office U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia $1,400,000,000 Farkas seeks 3 additional months to prepare for trial, and is accused of masterminding a fraudulent scheme to hide hundreds of millions of dollars. United States v. Farkas 1:10cr200 n/a
Mario S. Levis aka Sammy Levis United States of America U.S. District Court fo the Southern District of New York $4,000,000,000 60-month sentence for former Doral Financial Corp. Treasurer. n/a n/a n/a
Mark Ashmore n/a U.S. District Court n/a Conviction on four counts of wire fraud. n/a n/a n/a
Margaret Migues and Willie Doris Burney n/a n/a $2,386,452 Guilty plea for defendants who are accused of embezzling the funds from customers' accounts. n/a n/a n/a
Pamela K. Swinney FDIC n/a $83,415 15-month sentence for creating and cashing cashier's checks using fraudulent names for 3 years. United States v. Swinney n/a n/a
Peter Bakowski U.S. Attorney's Office n/a $16,000,000 15-year sentence for role in secondary scheme where more than one investor was sold a loan. United States v. Bakowski n/a n/a
Rajendrasinh Babubha Makwana United States United States District Court, District of Maryland n/a Fired Fannie Mae contractor convicted of computer intrusion. Defendant propagated a malicious code after he was fired from his work laptop which was set to destroy all financial data when executed. Sentenced to 3 years, 5 months in prison for embedding malicious computer program in Fannie Mae's system after being fired. United States v. Makwana 090011-PWG 10/4/2010
Reba Glover Scott United States of America U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama 6 months in prison 6-month sentence for stealing around $58,000 from her employer, Regions Bank. United States v. Scott n/a 7/29/2010
RETE Funding LLC, Mark H. Simmons, Cecilia Contreras United States of America n/a $1,000,000 Guilty pleas. n/a n/a n/a
Scott D. Becker U.S. Attorney's Office n/a $1,000,000 Guilty plea for role as CEO and attempted to leave the country on his 42-foot yacht. United States v. Becker n/a n/a
Scott D. Farah U.S. Attorney's Office U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire $20,000,000 20-year prison sentence because violated securities laws that caused $20m in losses to 150 investors. United States v. Farah n/a n/a
William Liddle, Rhonda Liddle, and Frank Ruiz U.S. Attorney's Office U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona $100,000,000 Defendants were indicted for taking $1m in kickbacks in return for approving suspicious business loans. United States v. Liddle n/a n/a
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