Mortgage Fraud Defense Lawyer Serving New York City & Orange County
The mortgage crisis across the United States has financially affected millions of Americans. In an effort to hold someone responsible for the housing market failure, the federal government has dedicated much time and numerous resources into investigating and prosecuting suspected cases of mortgage fraud. No one is off limits when it comes to these investigations. In fact, anyone involved in the buying and selling of real estate could become the subject of a federal investigation, including realtors, mortgage brokers, loan officers, appraisers and underwriters. Sadly, many of those accused of mortgage fraud have little to no connection to any alleged criminal behavior.
If you have been indicted, charged or are under investigation for mortgage fraud, you must act fast and protect your rights by consulting with a criminal defense lawyer. A NYC White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton can assist with your defense against very serious allegations related to mortgage fraud.
What Constitutes Mortgage Fraud?
Mortgage fraud generally involves the following issues:
- Fraudulently misrepresenting assets on a loan application
- Inflating salary and earnings figures
- Failure to divulge a primary or secondary residence
- Falsifying a loan application
- Inflating the value of a property through a bogus appraisal
- Skimming equity through the use of a straw buyer
- Using stolen identities to buy real estate
- Falsifying information about renters or purchasing agreements
- Foreclosure fraud
Since there is no federal mortgage fraud statute, these charges are typically filed under mail fraud, bank fraud or wire fraud statutes. These charges usually accompany other white collar offenses, such as conspiracy and other fraudulent acts.
At Whittel & Melton, our Mortgage Fraud Defense Attorneys protect clients facing charges of mortgage fraud, including loan applicants, banks, home owners, brokers, real estate investors, appraisers and even construction companies in Orange County and throughout the NYC Metropolitan area.
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Cases involving mortgage fraud often arise after months of intense investigation. These investigations are usually covert and you may be unaware you are the target of an investigation until FBI agents feel they have enough evidence secured to use against you. Defending these cases are quite complex and requires lots of time and preparation to gather and analyze important documents, interview any witnesses and review the evidence obtained by the government.
In order to receive a successful outcome for your case, you must enlist the help of a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to thoroughly review evidence and piece together essential connections in your case, many times relying on forensic accountants to poke holes in the government’s case against you . A New York City Mortgage Fraud Attorney at Whittel & Melton can identify any weaknesses in the government’s case and use them to obtain a positive conclusion on your behalf.
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Even if the accusations against you are false, or if you are only slightly involved, speaking with investigators could quickly escalate your position in the investigation from bad to worse.
A White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can make sure you understand your legal rights throughout the duration of your case. Protect yourself and your freedom by contacting our New York office at 866-608‐5529 or reach us online. We offer free consultations and can begin helping you immediately.
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