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Modesto Real Estate Broker Sentenced to 10 Years for Mortgage Fraud, Elder Financial Fraud

A real estate broker who is a senior himself has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for operating a unique mortgage fraud business that ran for 11 years and targeted elderly homeowners (elder financial abuse). The sentence was imposed by  Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii.

James Lee Lankford, 74, ran Century 21-Apollo Realty in Modesto.  According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Lankford fraudulent induced the seniors to both sell their homes to him and to provide seller-backed financed. Unknown to the sellers, Lankford then applied to lenders and received financing to purchase the same properties (loan fraud, mortgage fraud). Those lenders didn’t know that the homes had already been seller-financed.

There is much more to this complex scheme, which ultimately cost both the home sellers and lenders almost $10 million.

Jon Vance McDade, 49, aka Jon Vance Lankford, was James Lee Lankford‘s co-defendant. He has already been sentenced to on year of home detention for his role in the mortgage fraud, along with five years of supervised release.

There are previous posts in the California Real Estate Fraud Report about James Lee Lankford.

Read the original article in more detail about Lankford’s crimes and sentencing in this FBI press release.


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