Attorney General Bondi Announces that Three Defendants Involved in Mortgage Fraud Group Plead Guilty to Racketeering

Attorney General Bondi Announces that Three Defendants Involved in Mortgage Fraud Group Plead Guilty to Racketeering

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that three defendants pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering for mortgage fraud related crimes. Craig Hudson, 40, Lynne Hudson, 35, and Eric Rivero, 39, all residents of Tampa, will be sentenced at a later date for the mortgage fraud scam that involved more than 50 fraudulent mortgages totaling $8.8 million. Craig Hudson faces a maximum sentence of 12 years prison and Lynne Hudson and Eric Rivero each face a maximum sentence of 4 ½ years prison. As part of their plea agreements, the Hudson’s and Rivero will cooperate with authorities in the cases pending against their co-defendants William Bolton and Stephanie Bolton.
“Mortgage fraud directly affects the lending industry and exacerbates Florida’s housing market crisis,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “This case exemplifies our commitment to working together with state and local agencies to stop mortgage fraud in our state,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The subjects were part of a group that prepared and submitted fraudulent residential mortgage loan applications and associated documents to residential mortgage loan lenders. Ultimately, the lenders approved the residential loan applications and funded mortgage loan applications totaling approximately $8.8 million. Many of the fraudulent loans involved were the personal loans of the defendants. Of the 33 properties involved, 22 were the subject of foreclosure proceedings which resulted in over $4.2 million in final judgments.

“FDLE will continue to investigate and arrest criminals who prey on Floridians and profit from crimes,” said Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “I’d like to thank General Bondi for her leadership in prosecuting these crimes.”

“The most recent guilty pleas confirm the strength of this particular case,” stated Kevin Jackson, Chief investigator for the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency. “The collaboration and hard work of this small investigative team over the years has resulted in amazing success targeting these abusive mortgage practices.”

The mortgage fraud scheme spanned seven counties and centered around First Mutual Mortgage, a Tampa-based mortgage company formed by co-defendant David Barile. Craig Hudson was identified as the former office manager and mortgage broker of First Mutual Mortgage while his wife Lynne was identified as the former director of marketing for Suncoast Title of Tampa. Eric Rivero was identified as a former employee and loan officer of First Mutual Mortgage.

Their guilty pleas were the result of a joint effort on the part of the Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency.

The Hudson’s and Rivero pleaded guilty today in Pinellas County in front of Circuit Court Judge Keith Meyer. Co-defendants David and Melissa Barile have previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

SOURCE: http://www.myfloridalegal.com

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7 Responses to “Attorney General Bondi Announces that Three Defendants Involved in Mortgage Fraud Group Plead Guilty to Racketeering”
  1. IMHO Pam Bondi is a total joke…

  2. Jason Werner says:

    It is impossible for a person to be honest and NOT include banksters in a mortgage fraud scheme at the same time. I worked in the industry and can thus not figure out how someone can pull off mortgage fraud without the help of banksters, all the way to the top.

  3. MARGETTA LANGLOIS PRO.SE says:

    START W/ A CLEAN SWEEP OF DIRTY JUDGES ALLOWING & OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE &

    CONDONING ‘PERJURY” , “FRAUD,” & “FORGERIES BY CONDNING NON-EXISTING ENTITIES TO

    COME ABOARD AFTER 13 MONTHS, & 5 PRIOR EBNTITIES NOT LEGAL IN FL THE JUDGES ARE

    BREAKING THE LAWS TO PROTECT US NOT MAKE “FRAUD” LEGAL…

    • In my opinion that has been the greatest problem facing humankind throughout history. The judiciary becomes complicit to the ruling class and justice of course is diminished as a result. It doesn’t matter if it’s a democracy or a dictatorship. You know what they say about attorneys and power and they’re always the Judges. Government is as much a protection racket as a power brokerage cartel. The combination has always been hazardous to the majorities health. Thomas Jefferson warned us of the lack of oversite and recourse against the Judicary. Thinking that the foxes would regulate themselves was kind of silly. Sadly it is much worse than most realise and the solution is unfathonable to the majority.

  4. Fed up says:

    This is a token bust Pam Bondi is a joke>

  5. How about the fraud perpetrated by the Federal Reserve Banks at the highest levels. The largest pump and dump scheme of CDOs and Derivitives is world history. What about guys like Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein? In my opinion, they were the guys that perpetrated and underwrote the scheme along with the other major member bankers. They new exactly how many loans were being originated and their quality and if not, they should have along with Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and others Board members at the various branches of the Federal Reserve. The underwriting criteria was created at the highest levels and the orginators filled the pipeline using they same fraud that had been done for years. I remember an article in the newspaper in the mid 80s indicating the acknowlegment of the bankers of rampant fraud back then.

  6. To Tell The Truth says:

    There are buyers that committed fraud in complicity with the other parties to a loan. tt appears as if the AG are going after buyers in such cases so that it does look bad for those of us who had nothing to do with fraud but had fraud committed agains us by the lenders…knowinlgy …then the banks get off the hook …

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