Five Mortgage Brokers In San Diego Submitted False Applications, Bank Statements, And Income Documentation To Defraud Mortgage Lenders

25 11 2008

“…submitting false loan applications, false bank statements, and false income documentation. In total, the victim lenders funded more than $16 million in loans on properties that have been foreclosed or are in the foreclosure process. These fraudulent loans resulted in actual losses to the victim lenders ..”

“…CFS did not fund loans but received commissions from the lenders when the loans closed. The five individuals were loan officers at CFS; in addition to the commissions, they often received kickback payments when loans closed…”

 http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3384&Itemid=2

San Diego, California – United States Attorney Karen P. Hewitt announced that Rafael Santiago and Angel Armendariz pled guilty in federal court in San Diego to conspiring to commit wire fraud. On November 13, 2008, co-defendants Abner Betech, Said Betech, and Aviva Betech pled guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud as well. These five individuals entered their guilty pleas before United States District Judge Thomas J. Whelan.

According to court documents, Rafael Santiago, Abner Betech, Said Betech, Aviva Betech, and Angel Armendariz admitted to devising a plan to defraud and to obtain money and property by false and fraudulent means, related to mortgage fraud. In 2005, Abner Betech, Said Betech and others founded Creative Financial Solutions, Inc. (“CFS”), a mortgage brokering company formerly located at 707 Broadway Avenue, Suite 1720, San Diego. CFS was in the business of sending loan application packages and other documents to lenders for review and funding. CFS did not fund loans but received commissions from the lenders when the loans closed. The five individuals were loan officers at CFS; in addition to the commissions, they often received kickback payments when loans closed.

These five individuals admitted that CFS obtained mortgage loans for unqualified borrowers by, among other things, submitting false loan applications, false bank statements, and false income documentation. In total, the victim lenders funded more than $16 million in loans on properties that have been foreclosed or are in the foreclosure process. These fraudulent loans resulted in actual losses to the victim lenders including the following: unrecovered loan proceeds, unpaid mortgage payments, the costs of recovering the properties through foreclosure, the costs of maintaining the recovered properties, and the costs of selling the properties after they had been foreclosed.

The sentencing for Rafael Santiago, Abner Betech, Said Betech, and Aviva Betech is scheduled for April 13, 2009, and sentencing for Angel Armendariz is scheduled for April 20, 2009. A sixth defendant, Lucette Montane, remains at large.

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