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04
Sep

Former Bassist for Band Finch Ran Fraudulent Mortgage Audit Business

In an ill-conceived career move, the former bassist of a Temecula-based hard rock band called Finch pleading guilty to mail fraud in connection  with running a mortgage fraud scam.

Derek Thomas Doherty, 30, owned and operated Home Safe Financial, which charged homeowners in distress $3,000 for a mortgage “audit” and a free (sic) loan modification. Doherty found his victims by employing television, direct mail ads and cold calling.  According to US District Attorney Dianna Collins, Doherty never audited a single mortgage, nor did he have the software to do so. His victims lost more than $400,000 as a result of his scam.

Despite admitting he defrauded consumers, the most time Doherty faces is 15 to 21 months in prison on the felony mail fraud charge.

In the meantime, Derek Doherty is headed out on a band tour.

Read the original article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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