LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs – R. Alexander Acosta, United…

LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, William T. Sims, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, Henry Gutierrez, Postal Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service, Amos Rojas, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Donald Saxon, Commissioner, State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation, announce that defendant, Megan McGuire, of Miramar, Florida, pled guilty this morning to conspiracy to commit mail and/or wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for her involvement in Operation Whose House. On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, defendant, Christine A. Brown, also pled guilty to one court of aggravated identity theft for her involvement in Operation Whose House.

McGuire and Brown are both scheduled to be sentenced in May, 2007, before United States District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At sentencing, McGuire faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment and Brown faces mandatory sentence of two years’ imprisonment. They are the sixth and seventh defendants to plead guilty in Operation Whose House, a a $10,000,000 scheme to defraud mortgage lenders.

According to the charges and evidence in the case, the defendants devised a scheme to enrich themselves by obtaining mortgages from lenders using straw purchasers and through the submission of false documentation, including false loan applications, false employment verification forms, false salary statements, and false bank account statements reflecting high account balances. The defendants also used and caused others to use false or stolen Florida’s driver’s licenses, identification cards, and social security numbers as their personal identification at closings to purchase property in the names of individuals whose identification documents had been previously stolen.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the United States Secret Service and the United States Postal Inspection Service. In addition, Mr. Acosta thanked the United States Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, for its assistance in the investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Kay.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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