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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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OCTOBER 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FEDERAL PROSECUTOR EARNS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD


ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY RECOGNIZED FOR WORK

IN MASSIVE MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEMES


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda P. Marshall was honored by the Department of Justice today for her prosecution of large-scale mortgage fraud schemes.


             Marshall received the prestigious 2007 Director’s Award from Acting Attorney General Peter D. Keisler in a Washington, D.C., ceremony. The Director’s Award, presented by the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, recognizes excellence in law enforcement.


             “I am pleased that Linda's hard work and outstanding achievement are being recognized,” Wood said. “She is one of the most dedicated and talented public servants I have met. It is an honor to work with her.”


             Marshall was recognized for her dedicated and persistent pursuit in investigating and prosecuting large scale mortgage fraud schemes in the Western District of Missouri. In 2006, Marshall secured a conviction and a 12-year sentence against Brent M. Barber for his role in organizing complex mortgage fraud schemes involving loans on more than 300 properties and totaling more than $11 million in losses. Marshall sought and obtained three separate federal indictments charging Barber and others with mortgage fraud. Barber was convicted by a jury on the charges contained in one of those indictments. Following this guilty verdict, Barber pleaded guilty to 104 counts contained in the remaining two mortgage fraud indictments. Nine other defendants also pleaded guilty for their roles in these mortgage fraud schemes, which were led and organized by Barber. These other defendants included real estate appraisers and real estate mortgage brokers.


             “Linda Marshall led an exhaustive investigation that involved analyzing hundreds of mortgage loan applications,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Whitworth, “The investigation and prosecution of Brent Barber is just one of many significant mortgage fraud cases she has pursued. Her extraordinary efforts in the investigation and prosecution of complex mortgage fraud schemes merits this national recognition.”


        The Department of Justice held its 24th annual Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) Director's Awards Ceremony today, during which 132 award recipients were recognized for their excellence in law enforcement. Recipients included Assistant United States Attorneys, litigation and information technology support personnel, and others who have made outstanding contributions in federal, state and local law enforcement.

 

            “Those that we are honoring today are some of the Department's finest public servants,” said Acting Attorney General Peter D. Keisler. “Through their leadership and integrity in carrying out the Department's mission, those of us in the Department and the citizens in the communities they serve can be proud of the duties they perform on our behalf every day.”


            The Executive Office for United States Attorneys provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys' offices around the country.



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