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Union City, New Jersey, Inspector Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Conspiring to...

An inspector at the Union City Community Development Agency (UCCDA) was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for conspiring with contractors to rig the selection process for home improvement, sidewalk replacement and other projects, causing losses of...

Michigan Owners of Sixteen Adult Foster Care Homes Indicted for Failure to Pay Employment...

A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 19 and unsealed today, charging the owners of adult foster care homes located throughout Michigan with 60 counts of failing to account for and pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division

Mortgage Lender and CEO Agree to Settle to Resolve Allegations of False Insurance Claims

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a $1,025,000 civil settlement with First American Mortgage Trust, d/b/a NXTLoan.com, a small mortgage lender based in Brighton, Mass., and its founder and CEO, Barry S. Polack, in connection with allegations that they submitted false insurance claims on mortgages insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

Second Defendant Pleads Guilty In Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Alagi Samba, 46, of Bronx, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution, before U.S. District Judge Laurence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum pe...

Maryland Man Charged With Removal of Classified Materials and Theft of Government Property

A criminal complaint has been filed charging Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor.

Justice Department Announces Fair Housing Settlement with Montana Developers

The Justice Department announced today that the developers and designers of 31 apartment buildings in or near Helena, Montana, have agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that the buildings were not built to be accessible to people with disabilities, as ...

Justice Department Files Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Owner and Managers of Florida Mobile Home...

The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against James C. Goss, the owner, and Cathy Plante and Joey Gwozdz, the managers, of May Grove Village Mobile Home Park, an 81-lot property in Lakeland, Florida.  The lawsuit alleges that the defendants discriminated against African Americans in violation of the Fair Housing Act

Bossier City, Louisiana, Housing Authority Agrees to Pay $120,000 and Implement Reforms to Settle...

The Justice Department announced today that the Bossier City, Louisiana, Housing Authority (BCHA) has agreed to pay $120,000 and adopt new policies and practices to settle a lawsuit alleging that it discriminated on the basis of race and disability, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The settlement must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Owner of California Company that Falsely Advertised Mortgage Assistance Sentenced to Prison

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN VESCERA, 60, of Dana Point, Calif., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, follo...

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Landlord

The Justice Department announced today that a Johnstown, Pennsylvania, landlord has agreed to pay $30,000 to resolve allegations that he discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act

Hingham Woman Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

A Hingham woman was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boston for defrauding mortgage companies in connection with multiple mortgages she obtained on a single residence. Denise Bruce, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Dougla...

Ten Eastern California Real Estate Investors Sentenced for Roles in Bid-Rigging and Mail-Fraud Conspiracies...

Ten Eastern California real estate investors were sentenced yesterday for their participation in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Eastern California, the Department of Justice announced.

California Resident Sentenced to 52 Months in Federal Prison for Defrauding Struggling Homeowners

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MEHDI MOAREFIAN, also known as “Michael Miller,” 37, of Irvine, California, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 52 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in an extensive mortgage loan modification scheme.  MOAREFIAN also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,390,496.59.

Two California Men Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Struggling Homeowners

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that two California residents involved in an extensive mortgage loan modification scheme were sentenced today in Bridgeport federal court. U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill sentenced SERJ GEUTSSOYAN, also known as “Anthony Kirk,” 34, of Santa Ana, to 52 months of imprisonment, and DANIEL SHIAU, also known as “Scott Decker,” 30, of Irvine, to 58 months of imprisonment. GEUTSSOYSAN and SHIAU also were ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution in the amount of $2,390,496.59

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Involving Seven Michigan Apartment Complexes

The Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices of the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan today announced an agreement with the owners and operators of seven Michigan apartment complexes to resolve allegations that they discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Justice Department Alleges California Loan Modification Service Providers Discriminated Against Hispanic Homeowners

The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit alleging that several mortgage loan modification service providers violated the federal Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act by intentionally discriminating against Hispanic homeowners by targeting them for predatory mortgage loan modification services and interfering with their ability to receive financial assistance to maintain their homes.  The defendants named in the lawsuit are The Home Loan Auditors LLC, Century Law Center LLC, SOE Assistance Center Inc., Spieker Law Office and the principals of these entities:

Justice Department Settles with Colorado Apartment Complex for Discriminating Against Families with Children

The Justice Department announced today that the owners and manager of the Westland Apartments, a 28-unit apartment complex in Lakewood, Colorado, have agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The settlement must still be approved by the U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado

Former Framingham Housing Authority Employee Charged

A Milford woman was charged today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with stealing over $70,000 in rent payments owed to the Framingham Housing Authority (FHA). Rosa A. Famania, 33, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of thef...

Southern California Man Pleads Guilty for His Role as Sales Manager in Fraudulent Mortgage...

The Department of Justice announced that an Orange County, California, man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, for his role as the sales manager of a multi-million dollar fraudulent mortgage modification scheme

Florida Resident Charged in Superseding Indictment with Attempting to Damage Religious Property

James Gonzalo Medina, 40, of Hollywood, Florida, was charged today by superseding indictment with attempting to damage religious property following his initial charge on May 2, 2016, of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction – an explosive device – at a synagogue in Aventura, Florida.

Long Island Man Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Homeowners In Multi-Million Dollar Loan Modification Scheme

Earlier today, David Gotterup pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud by defrauding distressed homeowners in a loan modification scheme. When sentenced, Gotterup faces up to 30 years in prison...

Owner of California Company That Offered Mortgage Assistance Pleads Guilty to False Advertising Charges

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN VESCERA, 60, of Dana Point, Calif., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to fals...

Mississippi Phosphates Corp. Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation and Agrees to Transfer...

Mississippi Phosphates Corp. (MPC), a Mississippi corporation which owned and operated a fertilizer manufacturing facility located on Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today to a felony information charging the company with a cri...

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination in Housing by the City of Petal,...

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the city of Petal, Mississippi, to resolve allegations of discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities who sought to live in supported housing in one of the city’s residential ...

Two Northern California Real Estate Investors Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at...

Two Northern California real estate investors pleaded guilty for their role in bid-rigging conspiracies and mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced today.

Construction Service Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy and Tax Violation Involving Contract...

The owner of a Bardonia, New York, construction service company pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and filing a false tax return, the Department of Justice, the IRS and the New York State Inspector General annou...

New Jersey Developer to Pay Civil Penalty for Stormwater Violations and Preserve Wetlands

The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it have reached an agreement with Garden Homes and its affiliated companies to settle their alleged failure to control stormwater discharges.  These failures ...

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit involving North Attleboro Apartment Complex

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department today announced an agreement with J & R Associates, the owner and operator of the Royal Park Apartments in North Attleboro, Mass., to resolve allegations of discrimination against families wi...

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Involving North Attleboro, Massachusetts, Apartment Complex

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with J & R Associates, the owner and operator of the Royal Park Apartments in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, to resolve allegations of discrimination against families with children in violation...

Justice Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Agree to Policing Reforms and...

The Justice Department today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) that will support wide-ranging reforms in LASD’s Antelope Valley stations in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. ...

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