twitter linkedin
facebook google+

Mortgage News

News by Subject
Complete list of specialty news sections.

Purchase Subscription
Subscribe to and get immediate access to all news, statistics and archives.

Mortgage Advertising
Reach mortgage executives, loan originators and other people tied to mortgage industry.

Consumer Mortgage News
Free mortgage news for prospective borrowers.

Mortgage Newsletter
Free e-mail newsletter with the latest headlines from

Mortgage News Reprints
Put entire stories in your online or printed newsletter or publication.

Mortgage Feedget RSS code
Condensed stories free on your Web site or for your RSS reader.

News Archives
Archive of stories by month going back to 1999.

Press Releases
Reports and announcements from

Mortgage Statistics
Data and statistics for real estate finance.

Mortgage Directories
Directories of lenders, branch operators and mortgage service providers.

Mortgage Graphs
Directories of lenders, branch operators and mortgage service providers.

home subscribe advertise reprints e-mail help RSS about us LOG IN

Mortgage News


Mortgage News

HOT Topics









site map

Mortgage Fraud News | Fraud Statistics | Fraud Index | Fraud Blog
Mortgage broker, originator and banker criminal cases. Real estate flipping and appraisal fraud. Mortgage fraud prevention, studies and analysis.

P R E S S   R E L E A S E


Sept. 19, 2013

Astatula Businessman Charged With $44 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

Orlando, Florida - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Pedro Benevides (44, Astatula) with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, nine counts of bank fraud, and nine counts of making false statements to financial institutions. If convicted, Benevides faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a $1million fine for each of the nineteen charged counts. The indictment also notifies Benevides that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $44,059,565.00, the proceeds of the charged conspiracy.

According to the indictment, from about 2005 through about September 2008, Benevides, using several businesses that he controlled, participated in a conspiracy and a fraudulent scheme to obtain $44,059,565.00 in various loans from federally insured financial institutions. Benevides allegedly submitted and caused the submission of documents to those institutions that contained materially false and fraudulent information. In particular, he submitted and caused the submission of documents that, among other things: (a) contained false information concerning the income and assets of the person or entity in whose name Benevides sought the loans, mortgages, and lines of credit; (b) were false and forged business and personal tax return documents; (c) were false and forged financial statements that purported to be from financial institutions; (d) were false and forged bank statements; (e) were a false and forged official checks; and (f) were false and forged correspondence from a title and escrow company that purported to show funds held for the benefit of entities that Benevides controlled, which funds did not actually exist.

On occasion, Benevides also submitted false loan applications supported by the false documents and signed documents certifying the accuracy of the false documents. Once Benevides obtained the loans, he used the funds from the loans to pay the interest and principal on previously obtained loans, which he had also obtained through fraud. Benevides also used the funds from the loans to fund his lifestyle and the businesses he controlled.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Secret Service, and the St. Cloud IRS-USSS Federal Financial Crimes Task Force. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Irick.

Source: United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida

mortgage fraud case stories

mortgage fraud headlines

mortgage fraud blog

Mortgage Daily headlines

Local Mortgage Fraud news
News about local mortgage fraud.

Logout forgot

Mortgage Fraud Statistics
Government and private data on volume of mortgage fraud activity.

Mortgage Fraud Index
Dollar and index amount by quarter and state.

Mortgage Fraud Litigation
Lawsuits and settlements invoving mortgage fraud by a lender insider. From 2007 through first-quarter 2013

Mortgage Fraud News
News stories about fraud committed against home lenders.

Mortgage Fraud Blog
Actions in mortgage fraud criminal and civil cases.

local mortgage fraud

mortgage fraud links

SUBSCRIBERS: Edit Subscription | Subscription Help | or call 214.521.1300

Subscribe Contact Us Site Map

Copyright © 2017 Mortgage Daily, D a l l a s
Subsribers Only:

AMC directory

ARM indexes

mortgage company directory

mortgage regulations

net branch directory

p r i c i n g engine directory

wholesale lender directory

More Mortgage News Resources (full site map):

advertising news

appraisal news

bank news

biggest lenders

commercial mortgage news

corporate mortgage news

credit news

FHA news

financial regulation news

foreclosure news

GSE news

jumbo mortgage news

interest rates

loan modification news

loan originator survey

LOS Newsletter


mortgage associations

mortgage-backed securities

mortgage books

mortgage brokers

mortgage compliance

mortgage conferences

mortgage directories

mortgage education

mortgage employment

mortgage employment index

mortgage executives

mortgage fraud

mortgage fraud blog

mortgage fraud local news

Mortgage Fraud Index

Mortgage Graveyard

mortgage insurance news

mortgage lawsuits

mortgage leads

mortgage lender ranking

mortgage licenses

mortgage litigation

Mortgage Litigation Index

Mortgage Market Index

mortgage mergers

mortgage news

mortgage politics

mortgage press releases

mortgage production

mortgage public relations

mortgage rates

mortgage servicing

mortgage statistics

mortgage technology

mortgage video

mortgage Webinars

net branch

net branch directory

nonprime news

origination news

originator tools

real estate news

refinance news

reverse mortgage news

secondary marketing

social media

servicing news

subprime news

wholesale lenders