2 houses sold twice in same day in poor neighborhood: feds
It was the peak of the recession - just weeks after the subprime mortgage crisis hit in late 2008 - yet a pair of overpriced homes in two of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods each sold twice within a single day.
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#1 Nov 27, 2013
2 houses sold twice on same day in poor neighborhood: feds
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter November 27, 2013 1:46PM
Updated: November 27, 2013 8:17PM
It was the peak of the recession just weeks after the subprime mortgage crisis hit in late 2008 yet a pair of overpriced homes in two of Chicagos poorest neighborhoods each sold twice within a single day.
If it smelled funny, thats because it was, feds say.
The buyers for the homes in the high-crime Back of the Yards and West Englewood communities, either didnt know their stolen identities were being used to secure mortgages, or were straw purchasers who had no intention of living in them or paying the mortgages, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
And the suit-clad white collar criminals behind the scam including a disbarred attorney and a suburban husband and wife who owned a title company got away with far more than any pants-sagging street corner hustler could hope for, its alleged.
Between them, former attorney Harvey Wright, 46, and Precious House, 47, both of Chicago; Worldwide Title Service owners David Guel, 60, and his wife, Mary Gleason, 48, both of Blue Island; Monty Saiyed, 37, of Bartlett; Saged Ansari, 32, of Hanover Park, and Azeem Syed, 30, of Bolingbrook; conned lenders out of mortgages worth $800,000 for the two homes on the 4800 Block of South Racine and the 6700 block of South Marshfield, its alleged.
The alleged scam involved falsifying documents to overstate the homes values and the buyers incomes, then using a double closing at which each home was immediately resold to a sham buyer at an inflated price.
All seven defendants including Wright, who was disbarred in 2011 for cashing a clients settlement check for himself pleaded not guilty during brief court appearances earlier this week.
Their indictments are similar to a case in which Evanston attorney Karim Dure, 39, was charged last month. Dures law license was suspended earlier this year, records show.
In all, more than 50 mortgage fraudsters have been convicted since 2009 as part of Operation Mad House, an undercover investigation focussing on Chicagos real estate industry.
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