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Nevada Realtors Charged in Short Sale Fraud

A Henderson couple who sold real estate is facing federal charges for committing bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud against Wells Fargo Bank.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, Cynthia Hosbrook, 41, a currently licensed real estate agent, and her husband Robert Hosbrook, 51, a formerly licensed real estate agent, committed a fairly uncreative form of short sale fraud.

First, the Hosbrooks submitted documents to Wells Fargo that the sale of their house was arm’s-length (not to relatives, friends or known associates), when instead they are alleged to have used a relative to purchase their home as a straw buyer in March 2010. Second, they are alleged to have signed a title company form in July 2010 falsely stating that the straw buyer relative would be occupying the house and that they agreed not to live in the home as renters after the sale.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Gregory Damm. It was investigated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of the Inspector General.

Click on the link Hosbrook Indictment to read the details.

If convicted, Cynthia and Robert Hosbrook face up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million on each count.

** For the record, nobody has ever served more than one year in prison for committing short sale fraud and the fines never reach beyond simple restitution, much less penalties. **

See my book “How to Commit Short Sale Fraud . . . and Get Away with It” for the very short list of prosecutions and why law enforcement at local, state and federal levels has made short sale fraud a virtually risk-free, highly profitable crime for the 99.9% of those who commit it.

Read the original article in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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