Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, has announced that a Nixa, Mo. man who was a co-owner of Greenleaf Companies has been sentenced in federal court for aiding and abetting a bank fraud conspiracy that was part of a multi-million-dollar mortgage investment scheme. Eric Gagnepain of Nixa, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to four years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Gagnepain to pay $2,911,214 restitution.
On Jan. 9, 2014, Gagnepain pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Gagnepain co-owned and operated Greenleaf Companies and all of its subsidiaries, along with Scott Dasal of Republic, Mo., from 2006 through May 2008. During this time, Greenleaf sponsored real estate investment seminars that were designed to recruit potential investors to apply for mortgage loans for the construction and sale of residential homes in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas.
Gagnepain admitted that he aided and abetted others in the creation and submission of fraudulent mortgage loan documents. These mortgage loan documents contained false statements regarding the true source of monies provided at the time of closing, as well as fraudulently omitting the payment of monies obtained from the sale of the real estate properties.
Dasal was sentenced on Nov. 21, 2013, to three years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $2,911,209 in restitution. Dasal pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a bank fraud.
Gagnepain derived more than $1 million in gross receipts from his criminal conduct. The total loss amount resulting from the bank fraud conspiracy is between $2.5 million and $7 million.
Gagnepain’s plea agreement cites a specific instance of such fraud that occurred on March 12, 2008. Gagnepain and others created false mortgage loan documents that were submitted to Flagstar Bank. The loan documents fraudulently stated that the borrower had provided their own monies at the time of the closing; in reality, however, Greenleaf provided monies that were falsely identified as “cash from borrower.” Additionally, the loan documents omitted the fact that Greenleaf would receive monies from the sale of the real estate property from the seller. If Flagstar Bank had known the true source of the monies provided on behalf of the borrower, or that Greenleaf was receiving monies from the sale of this real estate property, the bank would have denied the mortgage loan application.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Gagnepain was required to also plead guilty to state charges (State of Missouri vs. Eric Christian Gagnepain). The sentence in the state case will be served concurrently with the federal sentence.