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New Jersey Man Admits Guilt in $40.8 Million Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Apr 06, 2012

William Brown of Newark, N.J. has admitted his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud conspiracy, recruiting “straw buyers” to purchase real estate properties in New Jersey, South Carolina and Georgia and causing lenders to release more than $18 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Brown pleaded guilty to an information charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He entered his guilty plea before Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas in Camden, N.J. federal court. Brown allegedly recruited straw buyers for his co-conspirators to purchase oceanfront condominiums overbuilt by financially distressed developers in Wildwood Crest, N.J., premier real estate in vacation destinations in Georgia and South Carolina, and properties in New Jersey owned by financially distressed homeowners facing foreclosure. Brown’s co-conspirators caused fraudulent mortgage loan applications and supporting documents to be submitted to mortgage lenders in the straw buyers’ names, attributing to them inflated income and assets in order to induce the mortgage lenders to approve the loans. Once the loans were approved and the mortgage lenders sent the loan proceeds in connection with the real estate closings on the properties, Brown’s co-conspirators took a portion of the proceeds from the fraudulent mortgage loans. Brown also admitted that he and his co-conspirators laundered the proceeds of the mortgage fraud by having some of those proceeds transferred to the recruiters and straw buyers. Brown received $96,000 for his role. Charles Harvath of Lodi, N.J., and Stephen F. Corba Jr. of Farmingdale, N.J., pleaded guilty on July 19, 2011 and Aug. 3, 2011, respectively, to informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Harvath, Corba, and their co-conspirators located distressed properties, recruited straw buyers, and created false documents in order to inflate the straw buyers’ qualifications as part of the scheme.  John Siuszko of Wharton, N.J. and Michael Williams of Jersey City, N.J., also pleaded guilty on July 27, 2011 and Aug. 16, 2011, respectively, to informations charging them with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Siuszko and Williams served as straw buyers, who caused lenders to release almost $980,000 and $632,000, respectively, based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications.  The wire fraud conspiracy charge to which Brown pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The money laundering conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, Brown agreed to forfeit $96,000, representing the amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the offense. Sentencing for Brown is currently scheduled for July 19, 2012.
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