Mortgage Fraud Probe into Multifamily Real Estate Lending
According to the Wall Street Journal, the federal government is pursuing “one of the biggest mortgage-fraud probes since the financial crisis.” Reportedly, the FBI, DOJ, and the Office of the Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency are investigating alleged fraud schemes in multifamily real estate lending.
Four people have already been indicted in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme for allegedly conspiring to falsify loan information in order to obtain more than $167 million in multifamily loans.
The indictment alleges that between March 2011 and June 2017, Frank Giacobbe, Patrick Ogiony, Kevin Morgan, and Todd Morgan conspired to defraud government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and defraud financial institutions, Arbor Commercial Mortgage and Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, by faking much of the information required by the lenders. Allegedly the “defendants conspired to engage in a variety of conduct to induce mortgage lenders to issue loans for residential apartment complexes (1) for greater amounts than they would have issued had they known the truth; and (2) that the lenders would not have issued at the time of issuance had they known the truth.”
Among other things, the defendants are accused of:
- Conspiring to provide lending institutions with false rent rolls suggesting that properties had more occupied units, at higher rental rates, and generated more income than they did.
- Conspiring to provide false information about other income received at the complexes.
- Conspiring to provide lenders with fraudulently altered leases.
- Conspiring to prevent inspectors touring the properties from discovering vacant units by, among other things, turning on radios inside vacant units, placing mats and shoes outside apartment doors, and hiring someone to stage an apartment as lived in and pretend to be a tenant of an inspected unit.
These allegations against defendants Giacobbe, Ogiony, Morgan, and Morgan are just the beginning of a much larger mortgage fraud investigation into multifamily real estate lending, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
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