EXCLUSIVE – North Carolina Attorney and Mortgage Broker Indicted

Rachel Dollar —  February 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

Michael Allan Johnson, Jr. attorney, Lexington, North Carolina, and Jennifer Willard Turnmire, mortgage loan broker, Thomasville, North Carolina, also known as Jennifer Willard, were indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

The indictment alleges that Johnson, Turnmire and an individual identified as Person A who was an attorney and is now deceased, recruited Luis Francisco Moreno, a licensed real estate broker and real estate developer residing in Greer, North Carolina, who was experiencing financial difficulties in his business ventures, and encouraged him to serve as a loan applicant to take out loans from Wells Fargo Bank and Carolina Bank so that the funds could be diverted to Johnson, Turnmire and Person A so that they could use those funds to pay off an conceal previous fraudulent loans. Materially false information concerning Moreno’s assets and income as well as fraudulent documents, such as bank statements, tax returns and HUD-1 settlement statements, were provided to the financial institutions. The indictment further alleges that Johnson created a fake work estimate from Artisan Construction of Concord Inc. (a company of which Johnson was president) and provided it to a lender in connection with a loan application.  He also created and submitted fake paystubs from White Meadows LLC (a company of which he was the manager/member) to delay foreclosure proceedings. Johnson is also alleged to have created letters on his law firm letterhead falsely indicating that various large sums were being held in the law firm trust and escrow accounts and submitted them the a lender to delay foreclosure proceedings.

The involved properties were 5400 Dorchester Road, Greensboro, North Carolina; a property on Brantley Gordon Road, Denton, North Carolina,

The indictment alleges the conduct occurred from about August 1, 2006 through about December 31, 2010,

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