Latoya Dawkins, 28, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months and 1 day for making a false statement to a bank in a mortgage application. Dawkins was also ordered to pay $253,000 in restitution. Dawkins entered a guilty plea in July 2009 to one count of making a false statement to a federally insured bank in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1014.
Per the indictment and the evidence at the sentencing hearing, Dawkins allowed another person to use her name and social security number to make a mortgage loan application which was used to purchase a home that was later foreclosed.
Commenting on the defendant’s crime, United States District Judge J. Randal Hall remarked, “Mortgage fraud is a cancer that has been eating at our financial system . . . [and is] one of the factors that led this country to the brink of a depression.”
The announcement was made by Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
United States Attorney Edward Tarver stated, “This prosecution demonstrates the continuing commitment of the Justice Department and this United States Attorney’s Office to vigorously investigate and prosecute mortgage fraudsters in the Southern District of Georgia.” Mr. Tarver commended the efforts of FBI Special Agent Brian Ozden, who investigated the case, and Assistant United States Attorney Charlie Bourne, who represented the government.