Third Person Pleads Guilty in HUD Mortgage Fraud Case

Allison Tussey —  March 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

Sarah Kate Henecke, 35, also known as Alessandra Valencia Toscanelli, Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to making a false statement on a residential loan application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Henecke was arrested in Nevada on December 11, 2013. She appeared before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. Sentencing is set for June 9, 2014.

A federal grand jury in Boise indicted Henecke on November 13, 2013. She was charged with one misdemeanor count of making a false statement on a residential loan application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a guaranteed loan. She admitted to misrepresenting that she had employment income of $2,400 per month, when in fact she was not employed.

Darin Henecke, 37, of Pocatello, Idaho, and Sarah Henecke’s mother, Karen DeWall Shaw, 60, Chubbuck, Idaho, pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement. They were sentenced on September 25, 2013, to five years of probation and each ordered to pay $42,905 in restitution.

According to the plea agreement filed in the case, on March 13, 2009, Darin Henecke obtained a residential loan to finance the purchase of a residence in Eagle, Idaho. The loan was funded based in part on the false statement allegedly made by Sarah Henecke. Shortly after the loan was funded, it went into default and foreclosure, causing HUD to sustain a loss. When interviewed by investigators, Darin Henecke admitted that he knew false employment information was submitted to obtain the loan. Shaw admitted that she assisted in the fraud by providing false employment information in order for the borrowers to qualify for the loan.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced the guilty plea.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG).

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