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Ohio Real Estate Developer Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Investors

Kelly Gearhart, 53, Wadsworth, Ohio, a real estate developer, pleaded guilty to federal fraud and money laundering charges for bilking investors who put money into real estate projects. Gearhart told told investors that their investments—which he called loans and promised would be paid back with interest—were secured by specific lots when in fact they were […]

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US Supreme Court Rules on Mortgage Fraud Restitution Calculations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has clarified how restitution must be computed in mortgage fraud cases. The justices in a unanimous decision Monday said that restitution to a bank that has been defrauded must be calculated based on the value of property when it is actually sold, and not the earlier date on […]

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Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Real Estate Loan Fraud

Dwayne H. Means, 46, Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a loan to buy a lot in the Villages of Sugar Ridge, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, in 2007. According to court documents, Means and Thomas Reusch, 60, Florence, Kentucky, formed TBS Development LLC and applied for a loan to develop a lot […]

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Defendants in Mortgage Relief Scam – $3.6 Million Settlement with FTC

A mortgage modification scam that took advantage of distressed consumers facing possible foreclosure has reached a $3.6 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment to date against a purported mortgage assistance relief provider. As part of the settlement, the South Florida-based defendants will surrender their assets and be […]

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Sharrock gets 11 years in mortgage fraud scheme

This is a case that our own Chip Cummings served as an Expert Witness and Consultant on. CLEVELAND — A 71-year-old Mansfield man was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in prison for a mortgage fraud scheme that caused about $1.3 million in losses to several banks. David R. Sharrock previously pleaded no contest to […]

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Taylor Bean, Home America Mortgage Settle $320 Million FCA Suit

Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. and Home America Mortgage Inc. have agreed to pay over $320 million to settle a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit alleging they falsified mortgage applications to secure federally funded insurance for loans that ultimately defaulted, the plaintiffs’ attorneys announced on Monday. The complaint was filed in 2006 by former […]

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