Numerous participants in an expansive mortgage fraud scheme were sentenced to prison on Monday, October 27, 2014, and Tuesday, October 28, 2014, by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III. The defendants were involved in a conspiracy to defraud numerous banks and lenders using straw buyers resulting in mortgage loan disbursements exceeding $20 million, $5 million in loan proceeds, and losses exceeding $1 million.
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Kurosh Mehr, 53, Charlotte, North Carolina, was convicted by a federal jury for his role in a $75 million racketeering conspiracy. According to trial evidence, Mehr was a promoter and buyer in the enterprise’s mortgage fraud operations.
Jimmy Hitchcock, 43, Clemmons, North Carolina, former NFL football player, was sentenced on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, to serve 46 months in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for his role in a multi-million mortgage fraud conspiracy. Hitchcock and his conspirators used false documents to support mortgage transactions and even recruited a bank insider to assist in the scheme.
Brian Matthew Rich, 40, Laguna Beach, California, and Marcus Alan Avritt, 42, of Seal Beach, California, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. to prison for their roles involving computer theft from a nation-wide online mortgage broker. Rich and Avritt avoided paying the victim company an estimated $745,152 for the stolen mortgage leads.
Roger Dean Bailey, Jr., 41, Hickory, North Carolina, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a mortgage and consumer fraud conspiracy involving manufactured and modular homes. From 2004 to 2008, Bailey was involved with the origination of up to 154 fraudulent HUD/FHA-insured mortgages.
Gregory D. Anderson, 47, Kingstree, South Carolina, was sentenced to 15 years prison, and his co-defendant Anthony C. Carrothers, 49, Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced to 10 months, for their involvement in a mortgage fraud conspiracy wherein straw buyers were recruited to purchase homes with inflated values in exchange for kickbacks.
Steven Jones, 46, Charlotte, North Carolina, was convicted after a three-day trial of racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud scheme to defraud investors and money laundering conspiracy. His conviction is the latest in Operation Wax House, an investigation which began in 2007 and has netted 91 defendants to date, 86 of which have pleaded guilty or been convicted following a trial.
Fabian Sparrow, 35, Burlington, N.C., pleaded guilty just before his trial was to begin on federal charges involving a $158 million consumer and mortgage fraud conspiracy.
Recent court orders bring to an end a long-running case against an elaborate scheme that deceived consumers into buying overpriced manufactured homes and agreeing to loans they couldn’t afford.
Mark Henry Tkac, 49, Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III to a 42-month term of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, and pay $1,612,612.94 in restitution for running a straw buyer scam. The defendant used his expertise in real estate to exploit mortgage lenders.