Edward Johnson, 52, Milton, Massachusetts, pled guilty to bank and wire fraud charges in connection with a property flipping scheme.
The defendant entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to bank fraud and six counts of wire fraud.
According to the indictment, from May through July 2006, Johnson recruited two financially unqualified individuals to buy multiple properties in Dorchester and Mattapan, Massachusetts. To secure their participation in the scheme, Johnson, or others acting with him, promised these individuals that they would have no responsibility for any expenses or payments on the property. Johnson promised that the individuals would hold the titles in their name for a few months until the property was improved and sold, and in exchange, they would receive a payment for each property purchased.
The individuals acted under the assumption that this would improve their credit so they could eventually buy their own homes. Johnson, and others, submitted false mortgage applications on behalf of these individuals that misrepresented their income, employment, prior indebtedness, and intention to reside in the purchased properties. The mortgages were not paid as promised and all of the properties went into foreclosure.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2013. On the charge of bank fraud, the sentence under the statute is a maximum of 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $1 million fine. For wire fraud, the sentence under the statute is a maximum of 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Cary Rubenstein, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, New York Regional Office; Kevin Niland, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori J. Holik and Sandra S. Bower of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.