“Those who seek to take advantage of the American Dream of home ownership and those who prey upon others in these dire economic times will most certainly be held accountable,” United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle stated in his news release announcing the indictments.
Anthony Wayne Hawkins, 48, Brandon Alonzo Crenshaw, 27, Nehemiah Jamal Douglas, 28, Babette Jammer, 47, and David Vasser, 59, were indicted for their alleged involvement in a mail and wire fraud conspiracy which resulted in the defendants and their co-conspirators fraudulently obtaining more than $17 million in loan proceeds. The defendants and their co-conspirators are accused of recruiting individuals to purchase residential properties with the intent to deceive mortgage lenders concerning the borrower’s ability and incentive to repay the loans. Falsified documents were prepared and provided to the mortgage lenders, according to the indictment, to support loan applications.
No wonder we are facing the most significant financial crisis our nation (perhaps the world) has seen since the great depression. Daily announcement are being made about the indictment or conviction related to similar schemes.
“The FBI remains committed to continuing its efforts to vigorously address mortgage fraud and ensure that the strength and integrity of the nation’s financial sector are sustained,” Bland said. “Moreover, it is imperative that those who engage in this pernicious crime, and thereby undermine the economic vitality of our communities, are held fully accountable for their actions.”
“Mortgage fraud, like all financial crimes, threatens the overall health of our financial institutions and erodes the integrity of our tax system,” Clarke said. “Additionally, these types of crimes drive buyers into foreclosure, leave lenders burdened with bad loans and neighborhoods with abandoned and deteriorating properties. IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to working with its law enforcement partners to pursue individuals who commit these types of crimes.”
Other than premeditated blatant theft, how could those indicted become associated with such an outright fraud? More importantly, did any of them think that there was a chance of getting by with such a fraud. As a white collar crime and business ethics speaker, I understand that every choice has a consequence. It’s easy to see how someone could make a simple mistake that compounds and becomes a fraud with terrible consequences, but this seems noting more than blatant theft.
Perhaps I am missing something here. If you know these people and have any insight your comments are welcome.