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David Saks is a musician, retired real estate broker, and long-time ActiveRain member. David's blog features important information relevant to the safety, integrity and security of the industry. In addition to his widely read real estate fraud blog, a comprehensive overview of real estate continuing education is a weekly addition for his subscribers and the ActiveRain community at-large. Thank you for subscribing to and for visiting David's ActiveRain home on the internet. Please join. Membership in ActiveRain will enrich your life !



Bremen Man Convicted of Running an Investment Scam Edwards Netted Over $7 Million by Promising a Special “High Yield” Return U.S. Attorney’s Office August 30, 2011 Northern District of Georgia (404) 581-6000 ROME, GA—A jury in federal district court late this afternoon returned a guilty verdict ...
Mortgage Fraud Scheme Lands Midwest City Man in Prison for 40 Months U.S. Attorney’s Office August 31, 2011 Western District of Oklahoma (405) 553-8700 OKLAHOMA CITY—Yesterday, DERRICK REUBEN SMITH, 47, of Midwest City, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti to serve 4...
Two Charged in Identity Theft Scheme     Kenneth C. Osbourne, Jr. and Sheldon Hylton were charged today by indictment, filed on August 25, 2011, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting, announced United St...
Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Lenders Kathleen Harps, 51, Chesapeake, Virginia, pleaded guilty in Norfolk, Virginia, federal court to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans.            Harps entered a guilty plea before Unite...
Man Charged for Running Real Estate Investment Scam Brian Eads, 47, Zionsville, Indiana, was charged with wire fraud and money laundering, following a several-month investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The information alleges that Eads, an entrepreneu...
3 Indicted for Straw Buyer Scam Sean McClendon, 45, West Sacramento, California; Anthony Salcedo, 30, El Dorado Hills, California; and Anthony Williams, 44, Carmichael, California, have been indicted for their roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. Williams is also charged with two counts of ident...
Man Sentenced for Stealing $300K From Deal He Agreed to Broker John Pitlick, 44, New Hope, Minnesota, who had been charged with mail fraud, was sentenced on August 26, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release, $300,000 in restitu...
Man Gets 4 Years for Inflating Mortgages Alex Gambini, 44, Greeley, Pennsylvania, the former owner of a financial services firm, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to spend more than four years in prison for participating in a scheme to fraudulently inflate mortgages...
Dad Gets 15 Years After Daughter and Son Received 8 for Fraud Roy Fluker, Jr., 56, Highland Park, Illinois, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, after eight-year prison terms were imposed previously for his son and daughter, in connection with a massive "affinity" fraud scheme in which ap...
Arrests Made for Fraudulent Recording of Full Reconveyances Stephen Andrew Easterly and Emanuel Percival have been arrested for allegedly signing Trustee and Full Reconveyance and Release of Lien Documents as the "Authorized Representatives" of various banks. On August 25, 2011, Investigators fro...

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