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3 Men Charged with Mortgage Fraud in Sacramento

Three men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to a mortgage fraud conspiracy in which lenders were defrauded out of $1 million.

The indictment charges Sean McClendon, 35, and Anthony Williams, 44, with buying four properties in the Sacramento area from Anthony Salcedo, 30. The two were paid kickbacks by Salcedo, which is illegal under the federal RESPA rules, and used straw buyers to make the purchases. In addition, McClendon, who was a loan officer, processed the loan paperwork and falsified the income and assets of the straw buyers in order to get the loans approved (loan fraud, mortgage fraud). The values were overstated (appraisal fraud) in order for the men to create false equity (equity skimming) and get their “referral fees” (the kickbacks).

The homes were subsequently foreclosed by the lenders.

Given the relatively small dollar amount of this fraud compared to other cases and the fact that the mortgage fraud occurred between 2005 and 2006, one wonders if the men thought they would escape detection and prosecution.

Read the original article in the Central Valley Business Times.

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