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Former Fannie Mae Employee Charged in Real Estate Fraud of REO Properties

Shirene Hernandez, 45, was one an REO (real estate owned) foreclosure specialist at Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association). Fannie Mae is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE), and its task is insuring mortgage loans.

Hernandez has been charged with wire fraud, allegedly for making directing some of the REO properties she oversaw to real estate brokers for cash kickback, gifts and other valuable things in exchange for giving them listings of the REOs. The common term for this is called REO fraud. The government alleges she earned over $1 million from these alleged illegal activities.

No word if any of the real estate brokers and agents who were Hernandez’ partners have been charged or are going to be.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG).  Agents continue to investigate this case and other allegations of bribes accepted by other Fannie Mae employees.  If you believe you have information relevant to this investigation, please contact FHFA-OIG Senior Special Agent James Shields at 202-730-4013.

The prosecution of Shirene Hernandez is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kerry L. Quinn of the Major Frauds Section.

Click on this press release to read the entire statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.


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