Tracy Carmichael, 46, Detroit, Michigan was convicted after a 4 day jury trial in connection with a fraudulent scheme to obtain an over $149,000 mortgage on a church property located on 11731 Mount Elliot, Detroit. Carmichael was found guilty as charged of eleven felony counts: Embezzlement over $100,000; Forgery (4 counts), U&P (4 counts); False Pretenses over $20,000; and Money Laundering 2nd degree.
As previously reported on Mortgage Fraud Blog, between May and June, 2007, Carmichael allegedly offered to sell the Temple of God Deliverance Mount Elliot property to a female as an investment property. He represented that he would handle all of the paperwork, manage the property and give her the payments for the mortgage company. The victim later discovered that all documents conveying the property to her were false. The rightful owners never authorized Carmichael to sell the property and discovered their signatures were forged on the documents.
Assistant Prosecutor Abed Hammoud tried the case before Judge Ulysses Boykin of the Third Circuit Court Criminal Division. The defendant represented himself with the assistance of counsel Allan Saroki. Judge Boykin remanded the defendant and he is currently in the Wayne County jail awaiting sentencing on January 5, 2009.
This case was investigated and charged by the Wayne County Deed Fraud Task Force. The members of the task force are Register Bernard J. Youngblood, Wayne County Sheriff Bennie Napoleon and Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy.