Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Amos Rojas, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Donald Saxon, Commissioner, State of Florida, Office of Financial Regulation, William T. Sims, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, and Henry Gutierrez, Postal Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service, announce that on [insert date] defendant Adewui Majaro, 40, of North Miami, was the ninth Operation Whose House defendant which plead guilty on Thursday, May 31, 2007 to fraud charges. Operation Whose House is a $10,000,000 scheme to defraud mortgage lenders. Majaro pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Sentencing has been scheduled for August 9, 2007 at 10:15a.m. before United States District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas in Fort Lauderdale. Majaro faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment and or a fine of up to $250,000.
According to the evidence presented in support of the pleas, the defendants engaged in 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 to facilitate the purchase of properties in the names of individuals whose identification documents had been previously stolen.
Specifically, Majaro pled guilty to conspiring to use the stolen identity of a then 94 year old retired widow living in Broward County, Florida, to purchase a new home in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Majaro obtained a mortgage loan fraudulently from Mortgage Lenders Network USA, located in Connecticut, in the amount of $272,050 based on false documents sent to the lender by Khadmilroy, Inc., a mortgage broker business, then located in Sunrise, Florida, and operated by co-defendant Yvette Scott Patterson. Among the false documents in the widows name were false wage stubs, IRS W-2 Forms, Verification of Employment and Bank Account forms, and statements that they were married.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation, 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