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What is Mortgage Fraud?

Mortgage fraud also referred to as real estate fraud, is a type of fraud in connection with mortgage transactions. It usually involves misrepresentation or misstatement on mortgage documents. If someone submits a fake W-2 form or obtains an inflated property appraisal then that amounts to mortgage fraud.

Mortgage fraud usually involves two parties – the ones providing false information and the one that relies on that information to finish the transaction.

Two Types of Mortgage Fraud

There are two types of mortgage fraud recognized by law enforcement.

  • Housing Fraud: A borrower submits false information in order to qualify for a loan or get a better loan rate when buying a home.
  • Profit Gain: Mortgage fraud for the purpose of gaining a profit is usually committed by real estate agents, mortgage brokers, or appraisers in order to get money from the property.

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Penalties for Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud is usually charged as grand theft and is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. When charged as a misdemeanor, the penalties include:

  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Imprisonment
  • A maximum fine of $1,000

When charged as a felony the penalties include:

  • Felony probation
  • Incarceration
  • A maximum fine of $10,000

Cases prosecuted in federal court could face much more severe punishment.

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Legal Defenses for Mortgage Fraud

If you didn’t have fraudulent intent then you aren’t guilty of mortgage fraud. Even if you were unaware or made a mistake, if you weren’t intending to commit fraud then you can’t be guilty of mortgage fraud.

Sometimes the real culprits of a mortgage fraud offense will try to blame someone else or make it look like someone else did it. Identity theft sometimes plays a role in mistaken identity and mortgage fraud.

Have you been legally accused of committing mortgage fraud? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Mortgage Fraud Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card FraudEmbezzlementInsurance Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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Your Defense Attorney for Mortgage Fraud Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card FraudEmbezzlementInsurance Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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