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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


JULY 25, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LEE’S SUMMIT WOMAN INDICTED FOR

MORTGAGE FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Lee’s Summit, Mo., woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for a mortgage fraud scheme in which she used stolen identities to purchase homes.


             Kimberly M. Davis, 42, of Lee’s Summit, was charged in a 14-count indictment returned Tuesday, July 24, 2007, by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             The federal indictment alleges that Davis used the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of three separate victims, without their permission, to purchase two homes in Lee’s Summit. Davis is charged with eight counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud and five counts of aggravated identity theft.


             According to the indictment, Davis worked as a mortgage broker at firms in Liberty and Gladstone from November 2003 through January 2005.


             Between Nov. 19 and 25, 2003, Davis allegedly used a stolen identity to obtain loans totaling $396,830 from Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., for the purchase of a Lee’s Summit residence. Davis allegedly used the same stolen identity from Jan. 21 through March 10, 2004, to refinance the Countrywide loan and to obtain a home equity line of credit from First Magnus Financial that included a $68,000 payoff to Countrywide.


             The indictment also alleges that, between July 2 and Sept. 17, 2004, Davis used another stolen identity to obtain loans totaling $434,133 from Countrywide for the purchase of another Lee’s Summit residence.


             Between Dec. 31, 2004, and Jan. 7, 2005, Davis allegedly used a third stolen identity to obtain loans totaling $452,503 from Accredited Home Lenders, Inc., for the purchase of the second Lee’s Summit residence by the third identity theft victim.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in the indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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