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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

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DECEMBER 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LEE’S SUMMIT WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO

MORTGAGE FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT


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


             Kimberly M. Davis, 42, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to the charges contained in a July 24, 2007, federal indictment.


             By pleading guilty today, Davis admitted that she 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 worked as a mortgage broker at firms in Liberty and Gladstone from November 2003 through January 2005.


             Between Nov. 19 and 25, 2003, Davis used a stolen identity to obtain a $317,894 loan from Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., for the purchase of a Lee’s Summit residence at 704 S.W. Winterstar Dr.


             Between July 2 and Sept. 17, 2004, Davis used another stolen identity to obtain a $347,438 loan from Countrywide for the purchase of another Lee’s Summit residence at 2520 Wintercreek Dr.


             Between Dec. 31, 2004, and Jan. 7, 2005, Davis used a third stolen identity to obtain a $362,424 loan from Accredited Home Lenders, Inc., for the purchase of the second Lee’s Summit residence (at 2520 Wintercreek Dr.), ostensibly by the third identity theft victim.


            Under federal statutes, Davis could be subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole for each of three counts of wire fraud, plus a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in federal prison without parole for each of three counts of aggravated identity theft, to run consecutive to any sentence imposed on the wire fraud counts to which she pleaded guilty. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            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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