Kingpin in fraud lived high, left neighbors dry

Mike Wilkinson, Detroit News Ronnie Duke was a disheveled, five-time felon who loved fast cars and found the perfect scam to fund his lifestyle: mortgages. Federal prosecutors allege he and his team — which included at least one former stripper — ripped off mortgage companies of at least $100 million, turning nearly 200 Metro Detroit […]

G-Men Nab South Florida “House King”

From the files of the FBI When most people buy a home they are required to submit financial paperwork to banks, title companies, and others involved in the mortgage process. The case of the “House King” in South Florida illustrates how when fraudsters manipulate that system, lenders can lose millions—and innocent buyers and sellers also […]

Five Indicted in Combination Foreclosure Rescue/Drug Distribution Scheme

Used False Military Orders to Forestall Foreclosures Before Converting Home into Marijuana Grow Operation From the FBI Press Office PLANO, TX—Five individuals have been indicted have been indicted for their roles in a combination foreclosure rescue/drug distribution scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Charles Williams, 37, of McKinney, […]

Title Company Operator Sentenced To 55 Months In Prison & $1.5 Million Judgment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2012 PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 55 months of incarceration on his conviction of wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. Senior United States District Judge Maurice Cohill imposed the sentence on Jason Sheppard, 31. Sheppard has […]

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