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FOUR PLEAD TO VERSAILLES MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Henry Gutierrez, Postal Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Michael K. Fithen, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, J. Thomas Cardwell, Commissioner, State of Florida's Office of Financial Regulation, Amos Rojas, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer, Florida Office of Financial Services, announce the entry of guilty pleas by defendants Stanley Gabart, 29, of Miami, Alix Accime, 34, of Miami, Ultha Danielle Accime, 29, of Boynton Beach, and Marie Decosta Quintana, 40, of North Miami Beach. The pleas are the result of an investigation into mortgage fraud regarding two properties in the Versailles subdivision of Wellington, Florida.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the defendants made or conspired to make false statements in 2007 to Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., and National City Bank to obtain mortgages to purchase property in the Versailles Development on Royalle Terrace and Trianon Place in Wellington. According to the documents, the defendants provided false information about Accime's and Quintana's employment, income, assets and intention to live in the property in order to qualify them for the mortgage. In addition, Quintana and Accime acted as straw purchasers and were paid for allowing the use of their names, credit scores, and for signing documents containing false information. Alix Accime and Stanley Gabart recruited individuals to act as straw purchasers. The fraud scheme resulted in more than $3 million in losses to three banks.

Sentencing for the defendants are scheduled as follows: Gabart is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley on December 16, 2010; Quintana is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth A. Marra on December 10, 2010; Alix Accime and Ultha Accime are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on January 12, 2011. At sentencing, Gabart faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to 60 years in prison. Alix Accime, Ultha Accime, and Marie Decosta Quintana each face up to a maximum of 30 years in prison.

The guilty pleas announced today are the result of the continuing investigative efforts of the multi-agency Palm Beach Mortgage Fraud Strike Force. In particular, Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the State of Florida's Office of Financial Regulation, the U.S. Postal Service, FDLE, and Florida's Office of Financial Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ellen Cohen.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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