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Monday, April 13, 2009

Mortgage Fraud: RICO Charges Filed Against Straw Buyers

by Calculated Risk on 4/13/2009 01:49:00 PM

Here is another story from VoiceofSanDiego: Mafia-Esque Charges Brought Against Alleged Mortgage Fraud Ring

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced unprecedented charges against individuals involved in an alleged mortgage fraud ring involving 220 properties in San Diego County, with total purchase prices topping $100 million.

The 24 defendants were all charged with participating in a "corrupt enterprise" under a federal law created by the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act...

... defendants include several real estate professionals ... a public notary ... a licensed real estate agent ... a licensed real estate appraiser ... a CPA; and ... registered tax preparers.
Prosecutors also name several straw buyers as participants in the corrupt enterprise ...
This is a different case than the previous story, but notice that the straw buyers are facing charges too. "Lend" out your good credit, sign false documents - and face prosecution and jail time.