Massachusetts Mortgage Broker Michael P. O’Donnell Sentenced To 3 Years In Federal Prison, 2 Years Of Supervised Release And Fine Of $150,000.

Massachusetts mortgage broker Michael P. O’Donnell was sentenced to three years in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $150,000 for Bank Fraud in connection with his role in 20 fraudulent loan transactions in Massachusetts. 

In July 2015, O’Donnell was convicted following a three-day bench trial of attempted bank fraud.

From 2004 to 2007, the Massachusetts mortgage broker through his company, AMEX Home Mortgage, engaged in a scheme to submit false loan applications to lenders to obtain mortgage loans on behalf of borrowers seeking loans to purchase or refinance real estate. 

The Massachusetts mortgage broker submitted fake loan applications and other documents on behalf of borrowers that falsified income, employment and asset information, and supplied closing funds which the borrowers were supposed to provide as part of their loan obligation, for which he was later reimbursed. 

The Massachusetts mortgage broker also had an arrangement with a tax accountant to provide false letters, tax documents and verbal verifications of employment to lenders for loans O’Donnell sought on behalf of his clients.  

The Massachusetts mortgage broker also obstructed the government’s investigation by destroying his computer hard-drive.

During the three year scheme, The Massachusetts mortgage broker participated in 20 fraudulent loan transactions in which more than $3.7 million in financing was obtained, causing losses of nearly $1.5 million, and earning him nearly $150,000.  The properties involved, most of which ended in foreclosure, were located in several North Shore towns, including Haverhill, Salem, Swampscott, Salisbury, and Bradford. 

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Balthazard of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit. 

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