Defendant in Mortgage Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty
Wasseem Shamoun pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan today, announced the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). On July 16, 2013, a superseding indictment was unsealed charging Shamoun and six other individuals with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, multiple counts of bank fraud and other fraud charges relating to a mortgage loan scheme.
Court documents allege that from approximately January 2006 to December 2008, Shamoun and his co-defendants conspired to defraud lending institutions by obtaining mortgage loans using fraudulent information. Shamoun and others devised a scheme wherein they purchased property for approximately $5,000 to $40,000 per home, then recruited straw buyers to submit fraudulent loan applications for home mortgages in exchange for a fee. According to documents submitted to the court, Shamoun assisted in executing the scheme by selling properties to straw buyers and was personally responsible for a loss of approximately $394,000.
For the conspiracy charge, Shamoun faces a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman scheduled s entencing for Shamoun on Dec. 2.
This case was investigated by the FBI, IRS—Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Corey Smith and Trial Attorney Mark McDonald of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.