Anothony Andersen, 54, Troy, New York, and Laura Anderson, 49, Florence, Massachusetts, were sentenced on August 12, 2009, and September 14, 2009, respectively, in United States District Court in Albany, New York by Senior District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy, for knowingly and willfully making materially false statements regarding overvalued real property for the purpose of defrauding lenders and for making false statements to law enforcement.
Anthony Andersen was sentenced to be imprisoned for 41 months, to be followed by supervised release, in connection with his previous guilty plea to making false statements to a federally insured financial institution, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Sections 1014 and 2, and money laundering, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Sections 1957 and 2.
Laura Andersen was sentenced to three (3) years probation and three hundred (300) hours community service in connection with her previous guilty plea to making false statements to a federal law enforcement agency, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Sections 1001 and 2. Each defendant’s sentence included an order to pay restitution in the amount of $724,883.42. The defendants are joint and severally liable for restitution with convicted co-defendants.
In entering his guilty plea, Anthony Andersen admitted to knowingly and willfully making and causing to be made materially false statements regarding overvalued real property for the purpose of obtaining monies from Union Planters Bank, which was then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In entering her guilty plea, Laura Andersen admitted to making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding her involvement, including preparation of mortgage documents, in the scheme to obtain monies from Union Planters Bank.
The charges against the Andersens followed an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of John F. Pikus, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Division, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service under the direction of Patricia J. Haynes, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Division. The United States was represented in this prosecution by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Storch and Thomas Capezza.