Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tyler, Texas Woman Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Receives 18 Months in Prison and Ordered to Pay Over $337,000 in Restitution
TYLER, TX—U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 47-year-old Tyler, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for a mortgage fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas.

TAHMEANE ELROD pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2009, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Mar 24, 2010 by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Elrod was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $337,709.58.

According to information presented in court, in September 2007, Elrod devised a scheme to defraud mortgage financing companies by submitting false documents in order to qualify for mortgages for the purchase of a residential property. Elrod falsely inflated levels of earned income and forged signatures on a Request for Verification of Employment form as part of a loan application package. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 6, 2009, charging Elrod with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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