SIXTEEN DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN TWO MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEMES INVOLVING OVER $13 MILLION IN LOANS

Three Defendants Charged in Mortgage Fraud Scheme Also Indicted for Cocaine Distribution

New York - Two indictments were unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn charging sixteen defendants for their participation in two separate schemes to defraud mortgage lenders of more than $13 million in mortgage loans. A third indictment was unsealed charging four defendants, including three indicted on the mortgage fraud charges, with participating in a cocaine distribution ring.Footnote The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York.

The charges were announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Peter J. Smith, Special Agent-in-Charge, United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jon T. Rymer, Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Patricia J. Haynes, Special Agent-in-Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, New York, and Rene Febles, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, New York (HUD-OIG). More...

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