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District of Massachusetts

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Paralegal Sentenced To 30 Months For Role In Property Mortgage Scam

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BOSTON - A Roslindale woman was sentenced yesterday for her role in a multi-year, multi-property mortgage fraud scheme.

Rebecca L. Konsevick, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to 30 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. In May 2012, Konsevick pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering.

From 2006 through 2008, Konsevick committed fraud in connection with condominium sales. Sirewl Cox, a developer, identified multiple-family buildings for sale and recruited straw buyers to purchase the buildings. Cox and others then recruited straw buyers to purchase individual units in buildings. The straw buyers’ financing for the purchases was obtained by falsely representing key information to mortgage lenders such as the buyers’ income, employment, assets, and/or intention to reside in the condominiums. In addition, Konsevick and Cox caused HUD-1 settlement statements to be submitted to the same lenders which falsely represented that straw buyers had paid funds in connection with the property transactions and falsely represented how the proceeds of the mortgage loans were disbursed. In Massachusetts, property transactions must be closed by attorneys so Konsevick, who was a paralegal, falsely signed certifications on these HUD-1 settlement statements and closed the relevant property deals.

Sirewl Cox was convicted by a jury of wire fraud, bank fraud, and conducting an unlawful monetary transaction. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2013.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Steven D. Ricciardi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston; Kevin Niland, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Cary Rubenstein, Special Agent In Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, New York Regional Office; made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan M. DiSantis and Jeremy M. Sternberg of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.