TWO CONSPIRATORS PLEAD GUILTY IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME INVOLVING PROPERTIES IN THE BALTIMORE RESERVOIR HILL NEIGHBORHOOD
Loss of Approximately $1 Million
Baltimore, Maryland - Kimberly Eileen McMillian, a/k/a Kimberly Simmons and Kimberly Simmons McMillian, age 46, of Baltimore, and Glenroy E. Day, Sr., age 73, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to wire fraud in connection with a fraud scheme involving more than $1 million in fraudulently obtained mortgages.
The plea agreement was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Lisa Quinn of the United States Secret Service – Baltimore Field Office.
According to her plea, in 2007, McMillian approached a man who had bought three houses in Baltimore and had finished renovations on two of them, and told him that she had clients from the New York area who were interested in purchasing the properties. When he agreed to sell, McMillian submitted loan application packages to a loan officer at a mortgage corporation in connection with the three properties, as well as a fourth property. The four loan application packages were subsequently approved.
The government’s investigation revealed that virtually all of the information submitted in the four loan packages was false. In two cases, the purported buyers were individuals who had already returned to their home countries or planned to do so in the near future; the other two “buyers” listed on the loan applications were either stolen or fictitious identities. In none of the four cases was there a real individual who actually intended to live in the properties and make the mortgage payments on them. Moreover, the representations made and the supporting documentation provided on each loan application relating to the employment, income, and financial assets for each purchaser were likewise false. While acknowledging that she is guilty of the charged offense, and in particular that she was aware that the prices of all four properties were inflated, McMillian maintains that she was not aware that the information relating to each borrower’s income, employment, assets and intention to live in each property was fraudulent.
McMillian also did not disclose that she was going to buy the fourth property for $75,000 and then flip it to the fourth “buyer” the same day for $250,000, without any renovations having been done on the property, because she knew the lender would not have agreed to finance such a transaction. This property and the third property, which had also not been renovated, were in poor condition, and were being sold for prices that far exceeded their actual market value.
McMillian arranged to have Day, an unlicensed appraiser, prepare the appraisal reports on all four properties because she knew he would provide an appraisal at the specific contract price without regard to the actual condition or value of the property. For the two properties located at 2243 Madison Avenue and 2359 McCulloh Avenue, Day admitted that he falsely represented that both properties had been recently upgraded and renovated. Day further admitted that these two appraisals also included interior photographs that were actually taken in completely different and thoroughly renovated houses. Day’s appraisals indicated that each of the four appraisals had been reviewed and approved by a licensed appraiser, but the individual specified has denied that he saw or reviewed any of the four appraisals.
Based on the false information provided relating to the four “buyers” and the condition and market value of the properties, the mortgage company agreed to extend financing on each of the four properties, totaling $1.094 million in all.
At each of the four settlements, McMillian directed the settlement agent to transfer a substantial portion of the loan proceeds to her and/or to businesses named KayCee Associates or Dee-Ladok Investments that belonged to an associate, either pursuant to an assignment contract or to pay for renovations that had ostensibly been carried out on the properties by Kaycee Associates. In fact, all of the renovations performed on the first two properties were carried out and paid for by the man who sold them.
McMillian received a total of approximately $278,000 from the four transactions at the closings, although she in turn transferred $122,000 of the settlement proceeds to another individual and an associate’s business checking account. Day received approximately $2,000 which he had charged for preparing the four appraisals.
Following the closings, the mortgage on each property soon went into default. Typically, either no mortgage payments were made at all, or only a couple of payments were made.
McMillian and Day face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and will be required to pay restitution for the full amount of the victims’ losses. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III scheduled McMillian and Day’s sentencing for October 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively.
The Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force was established to unify the agencies that regulate and investigate mortgage fraud and promote the early detection, identification, prevention and prosecution of mortgage fraud schemes. This case, as well as other cases brought by members of the Task Force, demonstrates the commitment of law enforcement agencies to protect consumers from fraud and promote the integrity of the credit markets. Information about mortgage fraud prosecutions is available www.justice.gov/usao/md/Mortgage-Fraud/index.html.
Today’s announcement is part of efforts underway by President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) which was created in November 2009 to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions and other organizations. Over the past three fiscal years, the Justice Department has filed more than 10,000 financial fraud cases against nearly 15,000 defendants including more than 2,700 mortgage fraud defendants. For more information on the task force, visit www.stopfraud.gov.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI and U.S. Secret Service for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Jefferson M. Gray, who is prosecuting the case.