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Disbarred Attorney Admits Mortgage Fraud
Feb. 13 -- A disbarred Hauppauge, N.Y., attorney was arrested Wednesday for lying to FBI agents about his role in a mortgage scam that purported to help owners save their homes from foreclosure, officials said.

8 Years for Appraiser in Mortgage Fraud Case
Feb. 13 -- A former appraiser who overstated housing values and glossed over problems such as a den of black snakes in one house's basement will spend eight years in prison for participating in more than $9 million worth of mortgage fraud, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Chase on Mortgage
Feb. 13 -- A Memphis, Tenn., woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud, officials said.

Murder in Mortgage Fraud Case
Feb. 10 -- An Alabama man who took part in a mortgage fraud scheme involving properties in Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood has admitted to conspiring to defraud financial institutions and launder stolen funds as part of a $15 million scam.

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Feb 14 Claudia Montes, Kathryn Sylvester, Tad Lent, Roderick Michener, Timothy Shannahan CA $5,000,000 in losses Montes sentenced to 20 months.
Feb 12 Christopher Brecciano CT $7,000,000 in losses Pleaded guilty. Department of Justice
Feb 12 Mokorya Cosmas Wambura MD $400,000 to $1,000,000 in losses Pleaded guilty. Department of Justice
Feb 12 Barry Stephen Zornberg NY $1,300,000 in losses Indicted and arraigned. Department of Justice
Feb 12 Jason Moreno, Robert Arakelian, James Platts PA Multiple properties Moreno sentenced to 96 months. Department of Justice
Feb 11 Roger K. Howard, Oai Quang Luong CO $12,100,000 in restitution Howard sentenced to 108 months. Department of Justice
Feb 11 Samuel R. VanSickle (aka "Donald Blunt," "Jacob Aiken," "Allen Helms," "Paul Walsh," and "William Hall, Attorney,"), Louis W. Strosnider, III MD $3,751,000 Indicted. Department of Justice
Feb 11 Sylvia Denise Cathey TN Multiple properties Sentenced to 57 months. Department of Justice

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