Martha Aleman was found guilty by a Miami, Florida jury on a three count indictment, first returned in 1993, charging her with conspiracy to commit bank fraud; bank fraud; and making false statements to a federally insured lending institution. Sentencing is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan for June 9, 2009.
According to the evidence presented during trial, from approximately February 6 to March 12, 1990, Martha Aleman and previously convicted co-defendant, Santiago Luis Casamayor, completed and submitted a loan application to Citi Bank for the purchase of a residential dwelling located in the Westchester neighborhood of Miami. The defendants submitted a false W-2, and other earnings-related asset information, to Citi Bank. Based on this false information, Citi Bank issued a first mortgage loan on the property. After execution of a search warrant on the property in 1992, the fraudulent loan documents were discovered. Martha Aleman left the United States for Nicaragua after being interviewed by the FBI, but prior to her indictment on February 16, 1993. Aleman was arrested in 2008 when she attempted to enter the United States.
R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, made the announcement.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the FBI. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman O. Hemming, III.