Woman charged in mortgage fraud scheme

The last of three people, accused of running a mortgage fraud scheme in Broward, was charged with four counts of wire fraud on Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer.

Michelle Austin-Wilks, 38, of Parkland, faces up to 30 years in prison on each count, if convicted. Jinnie Mathurin already pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and was sentenced on March 7 to one year and one day in prison, three years probation and was ordered to pay $1.17 million in restitution. Guhier Florvilus also pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, prosecutors said.

Austin-Wilks was president and director of Direct Title Escrow Services, Inc., in Oakland Park. She conspired with Mathurin and Florvilus to obtain high value mortgages using fraudulent home loan applications and closing statements, according to court records.

After closing on the real estate deals, lenders wired about $3 million in mortgage loan funds into Direct Title Escrow’s bank account, controlled by Austin-Wilks. She wire transferred $68,562 to mortgage broker Mathurin and $382,000 to straw buyer Florvilus for their roles in the mortgage fraud scheme, investigators said.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/parkland/fl-parkland-mortgage-fraud-20120315,0,3709121.story?track=rss

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