San Francisco, CA broker and real estate developer charged with $19.6m bank fraud

February 13th, 2010 - 2:58 am ICT by BNO News  

SAN FRANCISCO (BNO NEWS) – A mortgage broker and real estate developer on Friday were charged in San Francisco, California with conspiracy to commit a $19.6 million bank fraud, fraud, and money laundering, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Michael Ohayon, 41, and David Papera, 47, allegedly recruited thirteen straw buyers who used their good credit scores to nab $19.6 million in fraudulent mortgage loans from Washington Mutual Bank, with no intention of making either down payments or mortgage payments on the properties.

The indictment further alleges that Ohayon, with Papera’s knowledge, told the straw buyers that an entity controlled by Ohayon and Papera would use the loan proceeds to make the down payments and mortgage payments. Ohayon and Papera created and submitted to Washington Mutual Bank loan applications with numerous misstatements as to the straw buyers’ income and assets.

The maximum penalty for each count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud is 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000.00 fine, and restitution. The maximum penalty for each count of money laundering is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and restitution.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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