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November 4, 2014

Former Fugitive Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, CA—Scott Edward Cavell, 31, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to five years in prison and ordered to pay $7.4 million in restitution, for committing wire fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Scott Cavell and co-defendant Christopher Warren defrauded Florida-based lender Taylor, Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corporation of $7.4 million. As part of the mortgage fraud scheme, Warren and Cavell transferred the stolen funds out of their various bank accounts and converted the funds into more “travel friendly” gold and coins. Warren and Cavell then fled outside the United States with the money they wrongfully acquired from TB&W. Cavell fled to Ireland on a commercial flight. He was apprehended by Irish authorities and spent nine months in an Irish jail before voluntarily agreeing to return to the United States to face justice.

Warren fled first to Ireland and then on to Lebanon in a private charter aircraft. He was arrested attempting to reenter the United States under a fraudulently obtained passport with tens of thousands of dollars hidden in his cowboy boots. He pleaded guilty and on September 11, 2012, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Russell L. Carlberg and Paul A. Hemesath prosecuted the case.

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