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Hillsborough County Real Estate Director Indicted For Mortgage Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2012

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of a five-count indictment charging Anthony Haynes (53, Seffner) with mail and wire fraud affecting a financial institution.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each count.  The indictment also notifies Haynes that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $990,498, the proceeds of the mail and wire fraud.

According to the indictment, Haynes, who is employed as the real estate services director for Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, made material misrepresentations in connection with loan applications and closing documents for two mortgages made for his purchase of nine lots of land in Tennessee. The mortgages were funded by interstate wires from a federally insured bank, and the closing was conducted by mail.

An Indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless,  and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley C. Howard-Allen.

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