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Husband, Wife Sentenced for $15 Mil in Mortgage Fraud
March 7 -- A Bucks County, Pa., man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Thursday for using a supposed mortgage-rescue program to drain nearly $15 million in home equity from homeowners facing foreclosure.

Judge Backs Off Changing Mortgage Fraud Plea
March 5 -- A federal judge has abruptly canceled a hearing he had set for Thursday to hear arguments on whether to annul a guilty plea submitted by Jennifer Crisp, a key defendant in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case.

Guilty Plea Could be Voided in Mortgage Fraud Case
March 5 -- The Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case took an odd turn Tuesday when a federal judge indicated he is considering whether to annul Jennifer Crisp's guilty plea to one count each of mail and wire fraud.

Former RE Broker Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud
March 5 -- A former San Luis Obispo, Calif., real estate broker pleaded guilty to orchestrating what federal prosecutors call a scheme to fraudulently flip properties across San Luis Obispo County.

Real Housewives Stars Admit Mortgage Fraud
March 5 -- NEWARK, N.J. -- Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, who flaunted their lavish-spending over five seasons on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, mortgage and bankruptcy fraud charges that could send them both to prison.

Date Defendants State Amount of Loans Overview Source
Mar 7 Lance Kellow, Jason Kellow, Vince Kellow NV $1,000,000 in losses Lance sentenced to 57 months. Department of Justice
Mar 7 Michael Pouls PA $12,000,000 Sentenced to 8 years.
Mar 6 Edward G. McCusker, Jacqueline McCusker, John Bariana, Jeffrey A. Bennett, Stephen G. Doherty PA $14,600,000 Edward sentenced to 5 years, Doherty sentenced to 1 year, Jacqueline sentenced to 1 year home confinement. Department of Justice
Mar 4 Dale Johnson CO Multiple properties Sentenced to 34 months. IRS
Mar 4 John Hagener, Dawn C. Powers, Lawrence Lee Loomis (aka Lawrence Leland Loomis) CA $10,000,000 in losses Pleaded guilty. Department of Justice
Mar 4 Teresa Giudice, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice NJ Multiple properties Pleaded guilty. Department of Justice
Mar 3 Jennifer Crisp, David Crisp, Kevin Patrick Sluga, Leslie Sluga CA $30,000,000 Judge ruled he cannot void Jennifer Crisp's guilty plea and cancelled evidentiary hearing.
Mar 3 Jennifer Crisp, David Crisp, Kevin Patrick Sluga, Leslie Sluga CA $30,000,000 Judge schedule evidentiary hearing to decide whether or not to accept Jennifer Crisp's guilty plea.
Mar 3 Timothy William Barnes CA $500,000 Pleaded guilty. Department of Justice

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