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Cop, Wife Defraud Lender for Modification
An Arizona mortcycle cop and his wife allegedly lied to their lender in order to qualify for loan modification. The wife allegedly lied and claimed she and her husband were separated.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Three husband and wife teams and one other person have been arrested in connection with an $8.8 million mortgage fraud scheme. Most of the defendants worked at First Mutual Mortgage, though one of the wives worked at Suncoast Title.

MN Kickback Scheme Nets Criminal Charges
Three Minnesota residents have been charged in a scheme where buyers in a $1.5 billion condominium development were allegedly paid 30 percent kickbacks.

SC Official Indicted
FORT MILL, S.C. -- A former councilman in South Carolina has been charged along with an accomplice for allegedly lying to get a $1 million mortgage.

Wells Fargo, Freddie Mac Defrauded
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A scheme to defraud Wells Fargo & Co. and Freddie Mac has led to a guilty plea and a possible prison sentence of upt to 60 years.

Suicide Follows Fraud Conviction
Just three months after being convicted of mortgage fraud, a former Florida general contractor apparently ended his own life.

One of 5 defendants pleads guilty in fraud case
March 23--NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A day after a key figure in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud trial decided to plead guilty, attorneys for the remaining five defendants took turns in U.S. District Court Tuesday grilling a Groton man at the center of the case.

2 Indicted in FL Case Where 3 Others Already Found Guilty
Two defendants in a Florida mortgage fraud case have been indicted following convictions and guilty pleas by other defendants.

Another Guilty Plea in $35 Million MN Case
Three years after the the owners of a Minnesota real estate firm plead guilty to a $35 million mortgage fraud scheme, another guilty plea has been extracted.

Jury Finds Oklahoman Guilty
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A jury has found a metro man guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with mortgage loans involving two Edmond homes.

Criminal and Civil Mortgage Fraud Trials for NC Man
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A criminal trial in a case involving more than $600,000 in fraudulent loans is underway. The defendant, who allegedly defrauded Omni National Bank, is also defending himself in a civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging more than 40 bogus mortgages were made.

Hung Jury in Rabbi's Mortgage Fraud Case
Four men have been convicted in a case involving more than $3 million in fraudulent mortgages. But the jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges brought against a rabbi in the case.

Murder Investigation Clouded by Mortgage Fraud Mess
Investigating a Connecticut murder was made more difficult for detectives because of the victim's involvement in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.

Fraud Trial Begins for NM Mortgage Broker
A New Mexico mortgage broker is on trial over allegations he helped borrowers and home sellers deceive lenders. The broker, meanwhile, claims he was only helping people achieve the dream of homeownership.

Appraiser Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An appraiser will spend nearly four years in prison for inflating apprisals in a scheme that cost lenders $2.3 million.

PA Mortgage Broker Sentenced
A tearful mortgage broker apologized at his sentencing for making his six-year-old son have to visit him in prison. The prosecutor suggested that he should be apologizing to children who were evicted through foreclsosure from homes that their parents couldn't afford in the first place.

Closing Arguments in Connecticut Case
Closing arguments in the case of a painting contractor were delivered after nearly a month of trying the case. The defendant claims that he was just a pawn in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme orchestrated by his nephew. But federal prosecutors paint the defendant as a central player.

U.S. Attorneys in NV Ranks 2nd in Fraud Prosecutions
Federal prosecutors in Nevada -- home to a record number of foreclosures and plummeting home prices -- rank second in the nation for attacking mortgage fraud.

PA Real Estate Agent Indicted
A former York County woman who worked as a licensed real estate agent in Pennsylvania faces charges that she defrauded 14 mortgage lenders, 35 homeowners and five investors in Cumberland, Dauphin, York and Adams counties.

Country Club CEO Used Fraud to Improve Standing
The chairman and CEO of the North Augusta Golf and Country Club pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday that he perpetrated a scheme to fund his purchase of the golf club.

NC Lawyer Indicted Over FHA Loans
A former Cumberland County lawyer linked to an alleged mortgage fraud scam was charged Tuesday, two weeks before a codefendant is scheduled to stand trial.

Former Mortgage Broker Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud
Maple Grove loan officer pleads guilty to participating in mortgage fraud scheme
Former Bank Executive Ignored Disclosure Reporting Requirements That Would Have Alerted Others to Massive Mortgage Fraud
Defendant Sentenced for His Role in Submitting False Information to Lenders and Conspiring to Pay Kickbacks to a Loan Officer
Federal Charges Filed Against Las Vegas Man for Defrauding Distressed Homeowners
Weston Man Admits Participating in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracies
Three charged in $4.2 million mortgage fraud scheme

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