Mortgage Daily

Published On: March 21, 2011
Criminal Complaints
Fourth-Quarter 2010 Mortgage Litigation Index

Cases involving criminal complaints.

Case Title
Case Number
Date Filed Link to StoryLink to Story
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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