Carmen Denise Mosley, 44, Granada Hills, California, an accountant, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $1.1 million in restitution for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme in southern Nevada. The defendant conspired to obtain mortgage loans from financial institutions by causing materially false information to be placed in the buyers’ mortgage loan applications and supporting documentation.
The defendant was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson. Mosley was convicted by a jury on May 6, 2014, of one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and two counts of bank fraud. She was permitted to self-report to prison by Nov. 3, 2014.
According to the court records and evidence introduced at trial, from about November 2006 to November 2007, Mosley, a certified public accountant, and co-defendant Zulfiya Karimova, 33, Cupertino, California, a loan officer, conspired to obtain mortgage loans from financial institutions by causing materially false information to be placed in the buyers’ mortgage loan applications and supporting documentation.
Using this scheme, Mosley and Karimova obtained money and property from the financial institutions by causing money from the loans to be disbursed to them at closing for their own use and benefit. Karimova caused buyers to apply for mortgage loans and caused their applications to contain false information about their income and assets.
Mosley provided fraudulent tax documents to support the fraudulent representations in the applications concerning the buyers’ income. Mosley and Karimova caused the financial institutions to loan money to fund the purchase of three homes in the Las Vegas, Nevada area during 2006 and 2007. The buyers defaulted on the loans, causing more than $1 million in losses to the lenders.
Karimova pleaded guilty prior to trial to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, and bank fraud, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 20, 2014.
Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, announced the sentence.
The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah E. Griswold and Kathryn C. Newman.
“As we have seen time and time again, the persons who committed mortgage fraud in Nevada were primarily employed in the housing and mortgage loan industry,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “They used special skills to commit these crimes, which are still impacting the Nevada economy today.”