Assistant Fire Chieft Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

Allison Tussey —  December 19, 2011 — Leave a comment

Veldora Arthur was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz to 57 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release for her role in a mortgage farud scam that resulted in losses to lenders of approximately $2.5 million.

A jury convicted Arthur after trial on charges of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and substantive mail-fraud.  Arthur‘s co-defendants, Neil Fagan and Pamela Johnson, who were also convicted at trial, were previously sentenced for their role in the scheme to 90 months and 57 months in prison, respectively.

According to evidence presented during the trial, Arthur was part of a mortgage fraud scheme that targeted mainly the Hidden Bay Condominium Complex (“Hidden Bay”), Aventura, Florida.  The defendant acted as straw purchaser and submitted loan applications and supporting documents  containing false information to qualify to purchase two units in Hidden Bay in February and March 2006.  Among the false documents submitted by Arthur were letters faxed during working hours from the City of Miami Fire Department, where the defendant worked. 

For her participation in the scheme, defendant Arthur received approximately $317,000 in one month.  The defendants conduct in the scheme resulted in approximately $2.5 million in losses to various lenders.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announced the sentencing.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Armando Rosquete and Sean McLaughlin.

Allison Tussey

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