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Eagan man indicted on mortgage fraud scam involving
fixing up run-down homes and then reselling them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed earlier today charges a 52-year-old Eagan
man with participating in a $3 million mortgage fraud scheme premised on the purchase of rundown
houses to be rehabilitated and then sold. Instead, however, the equity was stripped from
the homes, and the lenders were defrauded. The indictment, which was filed on April 16, 2012,
charges Tonii Carlos Greene with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of
conspiracy to commit money laundering, seven counts of wire fraud, two counts of money
laundering, and one count of monetary transactions in criminally derived property. The
indictment was unsealed following Greene’s initial appearance.

The indictment alleges that from October of 2005 through 2007, Greene engaged in the
scheme, which involved the submission of materially false information to lenders who were
financing property sales. That information purportedly included representing in loan closings
that large sums of the sale and loan amounts were being paid to real estate agents, when, in fact,
most of those funds were pledged and paid to others in the form of kickbacks. The kickbacks
were allegedly paid to property sellers in return for undisclosed reductions in the sale prices.
They also were allegedly used to secretly fund down payments for property purchases.
Moreover, according to the indictment, some kickbacks were used for purposes totally
unrelated to the real estate transactions.

The indictment also alleges that Greene conspired to conduct financial transactions
involving the proceeds from the mortgage fraud scheme. In addition, Greene allegedly
convinced investors to provide capital for the purchase of homes, among other purposes, but,
instead, spent the money on himself. He also purportedly used later investments to repay or
“hush” earlier investors.

If convicted, Greene faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count
of wire fraud and money laundering, five years on each count of conspiracy to commit wire
fraud count, and ten years for making illegal monetary transactions. All sentences will be
determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the
Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by Assistant
United States Attorney Robert M. Lewis.

This law enforcement action is in part sponsored by the interagency Financial Fraud
Enforcement Task Force. The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated
and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. It includes representatives
from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and
local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and
civil enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal
executive branch, and, with state and local partners, investigate and prosecute significant
financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes,
combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of
financial crimes.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.

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