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May 21, 2013


WOLCOTT RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN MORTGAGE FRAUD CONSPIRACY

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL MONTEIRO, 34, of Wolcott, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering stemming from a mortgage fraud scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately May to October 2007, MONTEIRO conspired with others to obtain residential mortgages through the use of false down payments and hidden referral fees. As part of the scheme, MONTEIRO referred individuals to a co-conspirator who had purchased numerous residential real estate properties, many through the use of a private lender. The individuals MONTEIRO referred were then identified on mortgage documents as having purchased properties from MONTEIRO's co-conspirator. However, the co-conspirator purchased the bank checks that were used as down payments for each of the transactions. The co-conspirator used money obtained from the mortgages to pay private lenders and, on some occasions, referral fees to MONTEIRO.

MONTEIRO is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson on August 16, 2013, at which time MONTEIRO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. As part of his plea agreement, MONTEIRO has agreed to forfeit $15,000.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service, and the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David T. Huang and Paul H. McConnell.


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


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