William Everett Nichols, 56, Alexandria, Louisiana, president and sole shareholder of First Fidelity Mortgage, Inc., was sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to pay $3,903,071.00 in restitution for bank fraud.
As previously reported on Mortgage Fraud, Nichols pled guilty to bank fraud in November 2009. The FBI investigation of Nichols and First Fidelity Mortgage, Inc., doing business as Southern Funding, showed that Southern Funding was involved in the mortgage lending business and provided mortgages to customers in central Louisiana. Sabine State Bank and Peoples State Bank of Many, Louisiana, provided credit to Southern Funding for mortgages which were secured by customer notes pledged by Southern Funding to the banks. Nichols also had private investors as a funding source.
Nichols forged signatures of borrowers and provided the forged notes as collateral. He is responsible for a total amount of loss to banks and private investors of $3,903,071.00.
Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan made the announcement. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Donald E. Walter in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook.