Three Co-Conspirators Found Guilty of Implementing Mortgage Fraud Scheme

DENVER - September 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michael Jacoby age 44, of Castle Rock, Colorado; Derek Zar, age 30, of Commerce City, Colorado; and Susanne Zar, age 58, of Frederick, Colorado, were found guilty yesterday (August 30, 2012) by a jury for wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and IRS-Criminal Investigation announced. The guilty verdicts were the result of a four-week trial before Visiting U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn H. Vratil. Jacoby was taken into custody immediately after the jury returned the guilty verdict. They are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Vratil on December 10, 2012

Denver Real Estate Agent, Broker, and Appraiser Sentenced to Federal Prison as Part of...

DENVER, CO - December 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Three men were recently sentenced for implementing a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney John Walsh, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Yacone and IRS Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Sean Sowards announced. U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer sentenced Cedric Lipsey, age 36, of Denver, a licensed real estate agent, to serve 63 months in federal prison. Losses to the mortgage lenders caused by the fraud totaled over $4.2 million. Lipsey was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his crime. Judge Brimmer sentenced Philip A. Martinez, age 36, of Denver, a mortgage broker, to serve 50 months in federal prison. Martinez was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his crime. And in a separate but related case, Judge Brimmer sentenced licensed appraiser David Vukovinsky, age 49, of Castle Rock, to serve 12 months and one day in prison and pay restitution.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Mortgage Fraud Grant to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation

October 6, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Colorado Bureau of Investigation plans to add six new fraud unit positions to pursue mortgage fraud in Colorado with a new $1.7 million grant that was awarded this month from the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice, CBI Director Ronald C. Sloan announced.

Two Metro Denver Men Plead Guilty as Part of Mortgage Fraud Scheme

DENVER, CO - July 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Shawn R. Tieskotter, age 37, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Craig D. Patterson, age 30, of Littleton, Colorado, each pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn Wednesday to one count of mail fraud related to a mortgage fraud scheme. Tieskotter and Patterson were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on March 10, 2010. On May 20, 2010, a superseding indictment was filed. Both defendants pled guilty on July 7, 2010, and are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Blackburn on November 12, 2010

Denver Real Estate Agent and Mortgage Broker Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

DENVER, - September 8, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Cedric Lipsey, age 35, and Philip A. Martinez, age 34, both from Denver, Colorado, were indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges of wire fraud as part of a mortgage fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney David Gaouette, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis, and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Sigerson announced. Lipsey was arrested by federal agents without incident. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver on August 31st, 2009 for an initial appearance, where he was advised of the charges pending against him. He appeared in court again today, where U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix authorized his release on a $50,000 property bond

Udall Joins Senate to Pass Bipartisan Bill to Fight Mortgage Fraud and Protect Coloradans...

Washington, D.C. - April 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall joined the Senate in passing a bipartisan bill that would increase the resources for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies so they can investigate and prosecute fraud cases and other white collar crimes that have undermined the economy and hurt working families in Colorado and elsewhere.


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