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Mortgage Fraud Behind Las Vegas Attorney's License Loss
The Nevada Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Las Vegas attorney Gerry Zobrist, convicted in a scheme to defraud banks.

Realtor, Husband Headed to Prison for Mortgage Fraud
FRESNO, Calif. -- A judge mostly refused to go easy on former Modesto real estate broker James Lee Lankford on Monday, sentencing the 75-year-old to 10 years in federal prison for swindling nearly $10 million from lenders and elderly homeowners.

Winston & Marleen Shillingford sentenced
A Nesconset, N.Y., man was sentenced to 4 years in prison and his wife to 3 years Tuesday for operating a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme involving more than 40 properties in Connecticut, federal authorities said.

30-Month Sentence for Haitian in Mortgage Fraud Case
A Norwich, Conn., man who received tens of thousands of dollars for serving as a straw buyer in a mortgage fraud scheme that cost lenders more than $725,000 was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford to 30 months of prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Woman Spending Decade in Prison for Mortgage Fraud
A Sewickley, Pa., woman won't have to pay her former friends restitution for the money they lost from conspiring in her mortgage frauds, but she will spend 10 years in prison, partly because she hasn't shown remorse for the damage she did to their lives, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

Mtg Fraud Used to Steal Distressed Homeowners' Equity
A former Lebanon, Tenn., man is facing multiple federal fraud charges.

3+ Yrs for Lawyer Who Used Fraud to Steal Home Equity
A disbarred lawyer failed Thursday to put off his trip to prison after stealing nearly $4.4 million in real estate scams, with his ringing cellphone irking a judge who'd already told him that justice delayed was justice denied.

Another Guilty Plea in $1.8 Mil Mortgage Fraud Case
Another mortgage scammer has admitted his wrongdoing in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio.

Attorney in Mortgage Fraud Raid Takes Action
The Sanger, Calif., attorney arrested a week ago on suspicion of perjury and falsifying documents in a statewide real estate scam has filed a claim against the state of California seeking $1 million in damages for a commando-style raid on his family's home.

Realtor Busted for Short Sale Fraud
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 47-year-old Fremont woman was arrested Wednesday for conspiring to commit bank fraud in connection with a fraudulent short-sale home scheme, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

NFL Pro Bowler, Mother Arraigned for Mortgage Fraud
MOUNT HOLLY, Pa. -- A former wide receiver for the Eagles and his mother were arraigned Tuesday on charges they conspired to defraud banks in a $690,000 mortgage scheme.

Florida Mortgage Fraud Fugitive Behind Bars
Darryl Burke didn't just break the law for 25 years, federal authorities say, he defied it -- hiding behind aliases while he masterminded millions of dollars worth of fraud, lived it up at his South Florida waterfront "compound" and used his Miami Heat courtside seats to hobnob with celebrities.

Loan Officer Used Mortgage Fraud in Ponzi Scheme
A former loan officer from Henderson, Nev., was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison and will pay $830,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to defrauding at least 16 clients, according to the United States Attorney's Office in Nevada.

Texas Man Out on Bond in Mortgage Fraud Case
The final man jailed in the Texas mortgage fraud scam that took four Permian Basin residents to federal court last week was released on bond Tuesday afternoon.

BofA Defrauded by NC Woman
A Charlotte, N.C., woman was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution after being convicted of tax fraud and mortgage fraud, the U.S. Justice Department says.

2 Indicted for Reverse Mortgage Fraud
A Fulton County, Ga., grand jury has indicted two Georgia men in connection with a reverse mortgage scheme aimed at senior citizens.

8 Year Sentence for $20 Million in Mortgage Fraud
A Cary, N.C., man was sentenced to 96 months in prison on Tuesday for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that prosecutors say resulted in $3.4 million in losses for banks and lenders.

3 of 4 Texas Mortgage Fraud Suspects Out on Bond
Just one of four suspects remained in federal custody Friday after appearing in Midland Court to face accusations of defrauding unidentified banks of $27 million over an eight-year period in a mortgage scheme.

4 Indicted in Texas Mortgage Fraud Case
Four people, including a prominent Permian Basin realtor, have been accused of defrauding unidentified banks of $27 million over an eight-year period in a Texas mortgage scheme.

Realtors, Investor Headed to Prison for Mortgage Fraud
A pair of former Myrtle Beach, S.C., area real estate agents and a property investor were sentenced this week in federal court for their roles in widespread mortgage fraud schemes that helped lead to the decline of this area's real estate market.

FBI Investigating Dallas DA in Mortgage Fraud Case
The mortgage fraud prosecution of millionaire Al Hill III ended months ago, but federal court records indicate that the FBI is still investigating how Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins handled the matter.

Woman Sentenced To Prison For Lying To FBI And IRS In Connection With Mortgage Fraud Investigation
Granville Man Pleads Guilty for Role in a Mortgage Fraud Scheme
CEO of Free Truth Enterprises Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud and Mortgage Loan Fraud
National Appraisal Instructor and Associate Sentenced for Their Roles in Mortgage Fraud
Long Island Couple Involved in Decade-Long Mortgage Fraud Scheme in Bridgeport Sentenced to Prison
Norwich Resident Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Role in Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Former Modesto Real Estate Broker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in Mortgage Fraud Scam
Rockville Man Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Sewickley Woman Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Attorney Sentenced for Stealing More Than $4.3 Million from Clients
Bay-Area Real Estate Agent Arrested For Orchestrating Fraudulent Short Sale In Stanislaus County
Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Mortgage Fraud
Woodbridge Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Fraudulent Loan and Credit Schemes
Second Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud Involving Real Estate Loan
Lake County Man Indicted in Alleged $3.2 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving Properties in Chicago's Englewood Community
New Jersey Man Charged With False Statements To HUD
Florida Man Sentenced to 75 Months in Federal Prison for Bank Fraud, Money Laundering, and ID Theft
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Busts Statewide, Multi-Million Dollar Housing Scheme
Annandale Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty To Involvement In Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Former Raleigh Real Estate Developer Receives 27 Years in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Against Investors and Banks
Former Miami Real Estate Agents Sentenced for Roles in Multimillion-dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Charlotte Woman Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison For Tax And Mortgage Fraud
Two Defendants Charged with Mortgage Fraud Scheme Targeting Senior Citizens
Another Greenleaf Co-Owner Pleads Guilty To Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Jury Finds Fresno Man Guilty Of Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Developer Sentenced To 96 Months In Prison For His Role In Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Mansfield Man Sentenced To More Than 11 Years In Prison For Mortgage Fraud
Former Sacramento-Area Loan Officer Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Three Missouri Men Charged With Defrauding TARP Bank
Torrington Resident Admits Role in Real Estate Fraud Schemes, Obstructing Justice
Permian Basin Men Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Bank Fraud Scheme
New York City Man Pleads Guilty to His Role in Scheme Against Local Mortgage Company
Former Ashburn Jeweler Sentenced for Running $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Seven Defendants Indicted in $49.6 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving North Carolina Property Development
Three Permian Basin Business Owners and Title Company Executive Indicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Fort Myers Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Bank Fraud And Investor Fraud
Former Bank Employee Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agents Settle Allegations That They Engaged in Real Estate Fraud
Ramona Real Estate Agent Who Arranged Fraudulent Real Estate Sales Sentenced to 15 Months

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