Foreclosure Scammer Jailed for Scheme Involving the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act and Grow Houses

Allison Tussey —  March 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Jarrod Williams, 34, McKinney, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a combination foreclosure rescue and drug distribution scheme in the Eastern District of Texas.

The defendant pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2013 to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. Williams was also ordered to pay over $1.4 million in restitution.

As previously reported by Mortgage Fraud Blog, from February 2007 to June 2012, Jarrod Williams, Julius Williams, and Charles Williams, controlled and operated Applied Investment Strategies, Inc. (AIS), which marketed itself as a foreclosure rescue service offering assistance to homeowners at risk of foreclosure. However, once a homeowner retained AIS, the defendants fraudulently used the customer’s personal identification information to prepare and send false military orders to banks and lending institutions in order to claim relief from foreclosure under the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act. AIS would then lease out the home and collect rental payments for AIS’ benefit. The scheme involved approximately 38 homes throughout North Texas and also extended to interfering in the repossession of automobiles.

After at least one of the fraudulently-acquired properties was vacated, Charles Williams, Christopher Carter and Sean Harrell turned it into a marijuana grow operation that housed approximately 1,300 marijuana plants that were intended for distribution. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on July 11, 2012, charging the defendants with federal violations.

Charles Williams, 39, McKinney, Christopher Carter, 34, Leicester, England, and Sean Harrell, 38, Dallas,Texas, are each currently serving prison sentences ranging from 41 to 50 months. Julius Williams, 43, McKinney faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing.

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced the sentence.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.

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