Lansing Man Sentenced in Federal Mortgage Fraud Probe
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today that Richard Hollern, 39, of Grand Ledge, Michigan was sentenced for conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Hollern pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell on August 18, 2014.
Hollern admitted that he conspired with others at CDC, a Lansing real estate and investment company, to process multiple fraudulent mortgage transactions involving real estate in the vicinity of Lansing, Michigan. The scheme enabled the perpetrators to use bank funds to enrich themselves as a result of the sham real estate transaction charged, as well as other similar transactions. Others associated with this organization, including Eric Williams, Aaron Teachout, Isaac Modert, Mario Giannandrea, Rick Artibee, Dennis Sare, Nicole Buda have already been sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy. Another conspirator, Craig DeHaven, has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
Judge Bell imposed a prison sentence of 30 months, to be followed by 24 months of supervision following release from prison. Hollern was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,860,377 to the banks defrauded as a result of the scheme.
Hollern’s prosecution is the result of a continuing investigation by the Mortgage Fraud Task Force, comprised of federal investigators from the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the HUD Office of Inspector General. The task force also includes the Lansing Police Department, investigators employed by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and other state agencies. To date, fifteen individuals have been convicted of mortgage fraud as part of this effort, resulting in prison sentences for all of the defendants, and restitution orders exceeding $14,000,000.
U.S. Attorney Miles praised the cooperation between federal, state and local investigators participating in the Mortgage Fraud Task Force. He also stated that the work of the group is not done: “Many of the people prosecuted worked with others who committed, and continue to commit, mortgage fraud. The defendants have told investigators who they are, and what they are doing. Those people who have not yet learned that crime does not pay will learn that lesson very soon.”