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FORMER CONTRACTOR OF A FLORIDA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY SENTENCED TO SERVE TIME IN PRISON FOR WIRE FRAUD
Scheme Affected U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mortgage Guarantee Program
WASHINGTON —A former repair contractor of a Florida property management company was sentenced to serve time in prison for his participation in a wire fraud scheme related to housing repairs made under a contract between Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Justice announced today.
Ronald B. Hurst was sentenced by Judge Philip G. Reinhard of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Rockford to serve 24 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy.
In addition, a second former repair contractor, Bryant A. Carbonell, was sentenced by Judge Reinhard to serve six months of home confinement for his role in the conspiracy. Hurst and Carbonell were sentenced to pay $147,825 jointly and severally in restitution to the VA. Hurst pleaded guilty on Feb. 15, 2013, to two wire fraud counts of a 10-count indictment and Carbonell pleaded guilty on Sept. 21, 2012, to the same charges.
An indictment, originally filed in January 2012, charged Hurst, Carbonell and Ryan J. Piana with conspiring to commit bribery and wire fraud from at least January 2006 until as late as September 2007. Hurst, Carbonell and Piana were also charged with bribery and wire fraud. As part of the plea agreements, the United States agreed to dismiss the remaining counts against Hurst and Carbonell at the time of their sentencing.
The sentence announced today resulted from a federal investigation of housing repair contracts performed under contract with the VA. The investigation is being conducted by the Antitrust Division’s Chicago Office and the Central Field Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, located in Hines, Ill. Anyone with information concerning suspicious activity relating to housing repairs performed under a contract with the VA should contact the Antitrust Division's Chicago Office at 312-353-7530 or visit www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.htm.
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