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What is Mortgage Fraud?
Mortgage fraud, also referred to as real estate fraud, is a type of fraud committed 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 one 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
- A maximum fine of $1,000
When charged as a felony the penalties include:
- Felony probation
- A maximum fine of $10,000
Cases prosecuted in federal court could face much more severe punishment.
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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 Fraud, Embezzlement, Insurance Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.
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.
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- Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
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