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Real Estate Agent Guilty in Credit History Fraud to Purchase Homes

A California woman whose real estate license was revoked in 1998 and reinstated in 2004 appears not to have mended her ways.

Karen Washam-Hawkins of Carson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and the interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud in front of U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan for her role in a mortgage fraud case.

Washam-Hawkins was the first in a chain of individuals who conspired to use social security numbers to create fraudulent credit histories in order to acquire bank loans. She acquired the social security numbers, sold or passed them to Anaheim resident Shade Jerome Howard, who then forwarded them to Gerald William Bartlett of Tampa, Florida.  Bartlett used his own businesses, South Florida Management Group and Consumer Financial Group, to create positive but false credit and payment information, which he sent to credit reporting agencies. Howard, Ronald E. Brown, Jr., of Gladstone, Missouri, and Daryle A. Edwards of Overland Park, Kansas then used the false credit histories to apply for loans (loan fraud)  from several banks (mortgage fraud) to purchase residential properties.

Howard, Brown and Edwards have pleaded guilty for their role and have been sentenced. Bartlett pleaded guilty in March 2011 and is awaiting sentencing.

Washam-Hawkins’ real estate license with the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) is active as of this writing.

Read the original article in the Blue Springs Examiner.

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